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Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD The 2019 Ten Minute Play Festival: Enjoy seeing the eight winners of the Playhouse's year-long National Competition. Over 600 scripts were submitted ranging from comedies to dramas. Ten minute plays have become a national phenomenon and are a delightful theatre-going experience. They are skillfully composed with complex characters and plots that challenge audiences to get to the heart of a conflict quickly. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays. Through Friday, June 28. $10. Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Reservations: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Shoot the Moon Theater Company - "Nixon's Nixon" by Russell Lees: This play is a satirical imagining of the infamous meeting between a slightly drunk president Richard Nixon and an increasingly tipsy secretary of state Dr. Henry Kissinger on August 7, 1974 - the night before Nixon resigned from office. Described as a "jazz riff on contemporary history" by New York Times theater critic Vincent Canby when it debuted in 1996, it highlights the contentious but mutually beneficial relationship between two titans of American politics, played by Colin Grube (Nixon) and Elias Burgess (Kissinger). They re-enact their greatest successes and failures in a series of manic, vaudeville routines: Détente; the 1960 Kennedy election; the opening of relations with China; and the bombing of Cambodia are all reconsidered. During these scenes, Nixon and Kissinger take on various roles, including JFK, Chairman Mao, Soviet Union leader Leonid Brezhnev and, at times, each other. "Not only does this play help us understand our current moment in America, it is also extraordinarily funny," says Joshua Moyse, Artistic Dir., Shoot the Moon. . Through Saturday, June 15. $15. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

LONDONDERRY "More Than Honey": Doreen Fabiano and Carlene Lindgren, local activists for the environment and other important global issues, screen this film from Academy Award-nominated director Markus Imhoof. Imhoof tackles issues of why bees are facing extinction, a phenomenon that is worldwide. The photography alone is enough to draw you in as the film captures bees in flight and in their hives. Organic popcorn will be served and a lively discussion follows. 7 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). RSVP requested: 802-824-4343.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO New England Youth Theatre Celebrates 20 Years with Gala and Alumni Production: Revival of NEYT's 2007 production of "Scapin," written by Bill Irwin and Mark O'Donnell, adapted from Molière, and directed by NEYT founder Stephen Stearns with alumna Taylor Patno. Heralded as one of NEYT's funniest, fastest-paced, wildest, and most outrageous romps, it tells the story of Scapin and Sylvestre, servants enlisted by Octave and Geronte, whose wealthy, miserly fathers forbid them from marrying their penniless lovers. When Scapin and Sylvestre agree to aid the young men in their efforts to dupe their families and happily elope, deception, chaos, and comedy ensue. Suitable for all ages. The celebration also features an archival timeline installation highlighting memorable moments and shows through the years. 6/14: 7 p.m.; 6/15: 1-7 p.m. (gala celebration 3-5:30 p.m. includes food, music, face painting, cash bar); 6/16: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, June 16. $15 ($13 seniors, $11 students). New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.


GREENFIELD Aine Minogue - Irish Harpist, Singer, Composer: 7:30 p.m. In advance: $20, $15 seniors. Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, 8 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110, www.stonechurcharts.org.

BRATTLEBORO Group Sing Along: Folk, Pop, Gospel, Show, Golden Oldies: Join Rich Grumbine, who will lead the sing along of old pop, folk, golden oldies, show tunes, gospel. and more. Bring your phone, tablet, or laptop to access lyrics. 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.

Farmers' markets

WEST TOWNSHEND Farmers Market and Music with the Buzzards: 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. The Buzzards will perform. 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.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Jasper Hill Farm - Brattleboro Co-op Producer of the Month: Jasper Hill Farm is the winner of national and international cheese awards. Taste their cheese, including Alpha Tolman, winner of BFC's Vermont Cheese Madness. 3 - 6 p.m. at the Cheese Counter. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.



June 2019