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Performing arts

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. . $15. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Young Adult Author Talk: Aimee Herman discusses her LGBTQ+ coming-of-age novel, "Everything Grows." Presented in partnership with Everyone's Books. 2 p.m. in the Teen Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

WINDHAM Gallery Opening and Reception: Featuring the work of cartoonist and graphic novelist Rick Veitch as well as selected work by the students of the Art Department of Castleton University. Refreshments served. 5 p.m. The Fourth Corner Foundation, 578 Hitchcock Hill Rd. Information: 802-875-2194; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO "Tributes" - Lyell Castonguay: Castonguay's woodblock prints invoke disparate influences including Japanese ukiyo-e, the naturalist works of Audubon and Buffon, and traditional Chinese brush paintings. "Birds make me happy. My pictures tell stories about their fascinating lives. After viewing my work, you will see why birds deserve our respect, admiration, and protection.". 6/15: Opening, 5-7 p.m. 7/14: Artist talk, 5 p.m. Through Sunday, July 28. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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.


BELLOWS FALLS Eugene Friesen with Peter Eldridge: Four-time Grammy winner cellist Eugene Friesen is joined by singer-songwriter, jazz vocalist, pianist, composer, and arranger Peter Eldridge in this concert of genre-crossing music. 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets: $20, $15 seniors. Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110, www.stonechurcharts.org.


SO. NEWFANE The Science of Solubility - Making Reliably Great Tinctures: Learn the secrets of making perfect weight-to-volume tinctures. We'll also discuss some foundational principles of herbal medicine, do a plant walk and harvesting, and more. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. $100 (payment plans available). Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine, 569 Dover Rd. Information: 802-365-0251; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Naturalist Club Outing - Montague Sand Plains: Nature enthusiasts are invited to join us as we head to the Montague Sand Plains. This unusually rich pine barrens has developed on a sandy delta that formed in glacial Lake Hitchcock. We'll explore for a couple of hours and then retire to the Lady Kiligrew cafe at the Montague Book Mill for sandwiches/beverages. Then back to the sand plains for evening birds, especially whippoorwills. 4 - 9:30 p.m. Meet at Farmers Market parking area to carpool. Free (donations welcome). Brattleboro Area Farmers Market, 570 Western Ave., Rt. 9, near covered bridge. RSVP: www.beec.org/what-we-do/public-programs-and-events/walks-talks.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Farmers Market (Western Ave.): 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturdays (11 a.m. - 1 p.m. music by the Stockwell Brothers Band). Through Saturday, October 26. Brattleboro Area Farmers Market, 570 Western Ave., Rt. 9, near covered bridge. Information: 802-254-8885; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO State Representatives Emilie Kornheiser, Tristan Toleno, and Mollie Burke: The legislative session closed at the end of May and these Reps want to share all that they accomplished (and all that they're planning for next year. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Childcare upon request: emiliekornheiser@gmail.com.


DUMMERSTON Village Dance Series - Community Contra Dance: Fred Breunig, caller. Quebecois Music Celebration with McNeill's Quebecois Tune Session Big Band. 5:30 p.m. potluck supper; 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. dancing (every 3rd Saturday). $8, $5 kids, $20 families. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: village@dancingmasters.com.



June 2019