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Performing arts

DUMMERSTON Vermont Theatre Company - "Gaslighting": This psychological thriller by Patrick Hamilton is about a woman who is the victim of psychological abuse to the point where she believes she is losing her mind. Directed by James Gelter. 5/3-5/4: 7:30 p.m.; 5/5: 3 p.m. (Also 5/10-5/12). Through Sunday, May 5. $15, $13 students/seniors. Dummerston Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-258-1344, www.vermonttheatrecompany.org.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Gallery 1: Grafica - Woodcuts from the Print Collectives of Oaxaca / Gallery 2: The Theater of Dolls: Gallery 1: Grafica: The artists of Oaxaca have organized the 16 woodcut printmaking studios in the city to work as a cooperative whole. The studios in Central Oaxaca are making a living, garnering international shows. Every studio is a teaching workshop, and apprentices often help to make the woodcuts/execute the printing. Equipment and presses are shared, in the principle of Guelaguetza (community spirit) inherited from the tribal villages and a keynote of Oaxacan life. The movement is political, urban, young, energetic. In addition to gallery images, artists identify as activists by posting broadsides on the fronts of the stucco buildings (also available for sale), or making banners for parades/protests. Gallery 2: The Theater of Dolls: This collection of folk could be described as Character dolls - assembled, they take on the appearance of archetypal actors waiting for the play to begin. Gwen Murphy builds her sculptures with sensitivity to emotional expression and reference to historic detail. They seem to step out of the pages of a book of fantasy, to live in three dimensions. 5/4 Opening: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Accompanied by music. Through Wednesday, July 3. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

Ideas and education

NEWFANE Foraging for Food in Nature: Laurie Merrigan talks about foraging for food in nature and will bring samples of edible treats found growing out there, waiting to be eaten. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Asylum Seekers in Our Country & in Our Community: Who are asylum seekers? Why do they come to the United States and what do they experience when they arrive? Steve Crofter, the director of the local nonprofit Community Asylum Seekers Project, will share some stories of those courageous souls who journey to seek refuge. You will also learn about CASP and how you can support asylum seekers here in our local communities. 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.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Diversity Celebration 2019 - "Voices of the People": Windham Southeast Supervisory Union students, families, friends, community members are welcome at this festive event celebrating our diverse schools/communities. The theme this year is "Voices of the People," highlighting perspectives and experiences of marginalized people, featuring art and performances by WSESU students from BUHS, BAMS, and elementary schools in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Vernon, Guilford, Putney. 118 Elliot Street Gallery will be filled with a display of student work on our theme as well as a selection of photos from "I Am Vermont Too," plus story time with Starr Latronica and a music/movement session for children with Robin Morgan. Elliot Street performances by: Moxie, New England Youth Theatre, Theater Adventure, Brattleboro Community Choir, Shoulder Narrows, Xpressivo, Morris Dancers, and a maypole dance led by Andy Davis. Local organizations participating: Brooks Memorial Library, Community Choir, Edible Brattleboro, Elliot Street Fish and Chips, Hazel, Meeting Waters YMCA, Mother Up, NEYT Theater Adventure, Root Social Justice Center, Twin Flame Taqueria, Windham County NAACP, Youth 4 Change, more. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Elliot Street will be closed from Harmony Lot to Main for a festive block party with crafts, activities, entertainment, and food. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

GRAFTON Kevin Parry: Parry plays blues and other classics on guitar and vocals. 7 - 9:30 p.m. Free. Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. Information: 802-843-2231; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Gallery Walk - Soubrette Jazz Choir: The choir, based at the Vermont Jazz Center and led by Anna Patton, is a group of 16 women whose spring session includes songs that date from the 1920's to songs Patton wrote for the choir. 6:30 p.m. in the patio at end of alley (next to Gallery in the Woods). Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

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 KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. every Friday. Free (KidsPLAYce fees apply if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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