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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, May 

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The written word

BRATTLEBORO Poetry Readings to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Walt Whitman's Birth: Poet Laureate Chard deNiord hosts this reading of Whitman’s poetry by local poets and writers. The readings will be given by poets Tim Mayo, Verandah Porche, Tom Ragle, Diana Whitney, and local VPR commentator and writer, Stephanie Greene. 7 p.m. in the Main Reading Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE Moore Free Libary Book Group: We'll discuss Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca. All are welcome. 12 noon. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Deb Barry: debsriverside@gmail.com.

Film and video

BELLOWS FALLS "Vincent Van Gogh - A New Way of Seeing": This film provides viewers with the moving and inspiring experience of seeing Vincent's iconic masterpieces close-up on the screen and presents new insights and interpretations by invited guests including V. Willem van Gogh (great grandson of Theo van Gogh) and contemporary artist Lachlan Goudie. Vincent's illuminating letters to his family and friends are brought to life by dramatization which puts flesh on the bones of new biography. Recent research questions the many myths surrounding Vincent's troubled life. Exhibition on Screen™ is the originator and pioneer of bringing exhibition-based art films to the cinema. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. $10. Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110, www.stonechurcharts.org.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Baroque Jazz, Acoustic 12-String Guitar with Burrie: Variety of styles from Jazz and Baroque to Blues and Folk. 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.

PUTNEY Caitlin Canty and the Oshima Brothers: Caitlin's music carves a line through folk, blues, and country ballads. Her songs have a "haunting urgency" (NPR Music) and her voice is "casually devastating" (San Francisco Chronicle). Since the release of her critically-acclaimed "Reckless Skyline" CD in 2015, she's circled through the US and Europe sharing stages with the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter. The Oshima Brothers debut album, "Oshima Brothers," is a collection of 11 original songs written by Sean and arranged/recorded by his brother Jamie. Next Stage and Twilight Music are committed to supporting young, emerging artists, and this new series puts the spotlight on exciting, ready-to-be-discovered performers who are appearing at Next Stage for the first time. 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. $20 ($24 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; 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. at the Demo Counter. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Dance

GREENFIELD Brattleboro Music Center Celtic Classes - Annual Contra Dance/Benefit: Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy's Celtic Classes Orchestra with Nils Fredland calling - a benefit tonight for caller/fiddler David Kaynor, who has recently been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). A pivotal figure in the New England contra dance scene for 40 years, he's renowned for his inclusiveness and welcoming of generations of new musicians and dancers into the world of community dancing. 8 - 11 p.m. (7:30 p.m. workshop for beginners). $10 suggested donation. Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St. Information: info@bmcvt.org.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

W. BRATTLEBORO Annual Tag Sale: Clothing, household items, toys, books, and more. Proceeds support special projects at the Church. Fri: 3 - 6 p.m.; Sat: 9 - 2 p.m. Through Saturday, June 1. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. Information: 802-254-9377; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Activism

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: www.postoilsolutions.org.

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