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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.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Book Sale at Brooks Memorial Library: Titles cover a wide range of subjects, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as a selection of children's books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, and puzzles. The books have been donated to the Library by community members and then sorted for quality and by subject matter by volunteers. Proceeds will help the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library purchase materials, present programs, and provide services which help enhance the mission of the Library. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thur. and Fri., 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sat. Through Saturday, June 8. $2 and under (special interest and coffee table books priced higher). Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO David Rohn - Watercolors: Working from observation, Rohn creates elegant paintings from ordinary objects by using form, color, symmetry and rhythm. . Through Sunday, June 9. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY "Clearing - Recent Work by Barbara Garber": Garber is a painter, printmaker, installation artist. "I have worked in many diverse mediums. I'm influenced and inspired by music and dance and also by what I see around me in southern VT where I've lived for four decades. I start from a place of not knowing where I'm headed. Working on several sheets of Mylar at once, I begin with whatever caught my attention that day: something I found in a hardware store/on a walk/a scrape of paper on the floor. Spraying the outline or making quick marks into wet paint, I'm on my way. I exploit the translucent quality of the Mylar so that lines and textures may remain visible even through several layers. Shapes/patterns migrate from one piece to another as I cut and shift things from here to there, trying to keep the process active/in flux. Progress is slow. Gradually the work unfolds. Ordinary beginnings change into something else until, finally, clarity arrives. Through a sequence of collaged paintings, unexpected associations emerge. Capturing these transient, fragile moments is at the heart of my work: a series of visual haiku.". Gallery opens 30 min. before each event, Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., and by appointment with the artist. Through Monday, August 12. Next Stage Gallery, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102.

BRATTLEBORO "Remarkable Locations" - Nina Isabelle and Nye Ffarrabas: Nina's 30 monoprints employ Nye's linguistic combustions produced by Nina using an automobile for a printing press. Nina explores art objects that are result of shared languages of processes and processes of languages. Discover Nina's concept of the exhibition space as interactive sculpture. Celebrating Nye's Fluxus event scores, 60 years of visual and interactive art, 70 years of poetry. www.cxsilvergallery.com/nina-isabelle and www.cxsilvergallery.com/nye-ffarrabas. Open daily by appointment. Through Friday, June 28. CX Silver Gallery, 814 Western Ave. Information: 802-257-7898; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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. . Through Wednesday, July 3. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

TURNERS FALLS Linda Baker-Cimini - "Gathering My Wits": Pen and ink drawings. . Through Wednesday, July 10. Free. Ninas Nook, 125 Avenue A. Information: 413-834-8800; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Steven Meyer "Up in the West River Valley" / Amber Bessette "Young Women in Farming - Farm Animal Art": Meyer's work depicts old farmsteads and dense forests from the West River Valley. For the past three years, he has worked exclusively with India ink on Yupo paper. He uses brushes, squeegees, spray bottle, Q-tips, steel wool, paper towels, and other assorted materials (mostly from the hardware store). Bessette has a series of acrylic farm animal paintings hand crafted on her Guilford farm. All of the animals are inspired by farm animals on New England small farms and homesteads. . Through Sunday, June 30. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: www.stevenmeyerartist.com; Instagram: @amberbessetteart.

NEWFANE Artist Reception: Myles Danaher's New England/New Mexico Landscapes: 5 - 7 p.m. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Slow Living Summit Panel Discussion: Co-ops - Sustainability and Scale: 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon (use Canal St. entrance). Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Pre-register: www.slowlivingsummit.org.

BRATTLEBORO Slow Living Summit Panel Discussion: Co-ops - Our Path to Owning Our Workplace: 3:30 - 5 p.m. (use the Canal St. entrance). Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Pre-register: www.slowlivingsummit.org.

BRATTLEBORO Jewish Mysticism - Teachings of the Kabbalah: What are the physics and metaphysics of the universe? What is the role of humans in creation? In this historic overview of Jewish mystical thought, Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener shares basic and universal ideas from the Jewish tradition, which parallel other world traditions and challenge us to participate meaningfully in planetary development. These are fundamental ideas from Jewish mysticism, especially the Kabbalistic (esoteric) teachings on cosmology, or how the world came into being. Rabbi Cohen-Kiener is the spiritual leader of Temple Israel in Greenfield, MA. She was ordained by the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, a progressive spiritual stream of Jewish practice. 7 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Bees Besieged - A History of Beekeeping: Beekeeping goes back 10,000 years, but bees have been much in the news recently as a multi-pronged scourge has devastated many of the nation's 2.5 million colonies. Meanwhile, hobby beekeeping has grown exponentially in the country. Bill Mares, writer, and a beekeeper for 45 years, will tell of the origins and evolution of beekeeping, sometimes referred to as "farming for intellectuals," with a particular emphasis on his research in Vermont. This is a Vermont Humanities Council event. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Slow Living Summit Explores the Future of Women in Food Entrepreneurship: Presented by Strolling of the Heifers and Windham Grows, the goal is to bring together diverse entrepreneurs in the farm and food industries, providing them with tools, resources, and mentorship they need to grow socially responsible businesses. This year we'll focus on women's stories, but men, women and non-binary people are part of those stories. Panels include "Law in the Era of #MeToo," "Non-traditional Financing for Women and other Underserved Communities," and "How the Co-op Model Works for Women." Speakers include economist, author and Honor the Earth co-founder Winona LaDuke, former Vermont gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquis, NPR's Planet Money host Stacey Vanek Smith, and Principal Founder of Breakthru Beverage, Charles Merinoff, and more. . Through Friday, June 7. Varies. Strolling of the Heifers, 157 Main St. Registration: www.slowlivingsummit.org.


BRATTLEBORO Open Mic for Musicians - Hosted by Kevin Parry: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. every Thurs. through the summer (Performers receive 50% off their meal). Free. Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. Sign-up in advance: 802-257-7563, www.kevinparrymusic.com.

BRATTLEBORO "Lift My Lamp - Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant America": This piano concert with Jacqueline Schwab celebrates our country's immigrants, their vibrant spirit of community music making, and their multicultural contributions to our heritage. Jacqueline will perform music from the British Isles, Western and Eastern Europe and Latin America, along with some American standards. She'll reflect on growing up in Pittsburgh's "melting pot" and the connection to the music she’s performing. In Ken Burns' words: "(Pianist) Jacqueline Schwab brings more feeling and intensity to music than anyone I know. Her playing is insistent, physical, heartfelt and...unusually moving." . 7 p.m. Park behind Abiatti Monuments. Donations accepted (no one turned away for lack of funds). Clark Street Center for Culture, Politics, and the Arts, 89 Clark St. Information: 802-254-8513.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO VT Workers' Center Orientation & Get-Involved Public Meeting: Learn about the Vermont Workers' Center, its Healthcare Is A Human Right campaign, and ways to be involved locally and state-wide. We'll share our own connections to the struggle for healthcare justice and workers' rights, and get an orientation to the VWC's mission, democratic member-run structure, and campaign work. Light refreshments provided. Rides and childcare available on request. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: 802-257-4436, Windham@workerscenter.org.


BRATTLEBORO Paneurythmy, the Dance of Universal Harmony: An uplifting, energizing circle dance taught by Beinsa Douno of Bulgaria and danced around the World. 8 a.m. Wednesday and Sunday. Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-490-2213.

Community meals

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Senior Meals - Picnic: BBQ Chicken, Cole Slaw, Cornbread, Baked Beans, Watermelon for dessert. 12 noon in the Senior area (lower parking lot, picnic tables, behind pool. Rain location: Brattleboro Senior Ctr.). Suggested donation: $4 for ages 60 and up, $7.25 for younger folks. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext.



June 2019