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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. $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. (Repeats 6/14-15). Through Saturday, June 8. $15. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO AS ONE - High Flying Circus: The 11 members of the ProTrack Year 2 program present the acts they have developed within an ensemble circus show featuring high flying aerials, daring acrobatics and theatrical interludes. The show is co-directed by Sandra Feusi (Cirque du Soleil/Circus Knie) and Jamie Hodgson (Girls on Trapeze/ProTrack Director). Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m. Through Sunday, June 9. $15, $10 youth, $25 VIP. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-254-9780, www.necenterforcircusarts.org.

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 "Waltz" - Art Exhibition and Reception for three local Artists: Humberto Ramirez will show paintings done after 9/11, reflecting late capitalism's disregard for the fragility of life and its embrace of perpetual war. Poet Lesle Lewis shows her boxes/catalogues/collections in an interactive display that conveys her interest in the intersection of words, lines, colors, and sentences. Ricia Gordon's paintings explore line, color, space, and address obliquely the uncertainty and wonder about living in this time. 6/7: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk. Through Saturday, June 29. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Native Ferns: View Briony Morrow Cribbs' life-like illustrations of native fern illustrations from Lynn Levine's just published book, "Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns in the Northeast" (featuring the 28 ferns most commonly encountered, with clear descriptions and tips for identification). 6/7, 7 p.m: Lynn and Briony give a short talk about their joint creative process and how to use the guide. Refreshments provided and time to converse. Through Friday, June 28. Catherine Dianich Gallery, 139 Main St. Information: 802-380-1607; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Agriculture Panel: Slow Living Summit Presentation: 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: Building Connection to Place through Food - Stories both Urban and Rural: 2 - 3 p.m. (use the Canal St. entrance). Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Pre-register: www.slowlivingsummit.org.

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. . Varies. Strolling of the Heifers, 157 Main St. Registration: www.slowlivingsummit.org.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Strolling of the Heifers - Friday Evening Festival: Food and craft vendors, entertainment of all kinds, face painting, music and dancing, fun for all ages. Plus final judging of the Great New England Coffee Cakes & Sweet Breads Competition, Specialty Food & Alcohol Vendors at the River Garden. (Also see 6/8 and 6/9). 6/7: Events will also happen at Brattleboro Common at Park Place. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: www.strollingoftheheifers.com/our-parade-and-weekend.


BRATTLEBORO The Equalities / Shokazoba: The Equalities offer 4-part harmonies, great songwriting, sizzling guitar work, deep percussion, and a tasty pocket of reggae, roots, rock, soul. Shokazoba is a 9-piece horn driven funk powerhouse producing original work aiming to inspire greater human awareness through conscious funky fusion jazz with progressive topical lyrics. 8 - 11 p.m. $8 ($10 at door). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GREENFIELD Ona Canoa - Folk Trio: Ona Canoa is a new Western Massachusetts folk trio with a timeless sound. This Western Massachusetts group is comprised of Chelsie Field (baritone ukulele/vox), Eliza Hollister (flute/vox), and Tess Burdick (guitar/vox). 7 - 10 p.m. $10. The Pushkin, 4 Federal St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Local history

WALPOLE "Graffiti - 200 years of History at the Dodge Tavern": The Walpole Historical Society hosts this presentation by local archaeologist, Gail Golec, consisting of a narrated slideshow created by Golec for her local-history podcast, "The Secret Life of Death." The Old Dodge Tavern had been the cornerstone of a small enclave in the northeast corner of town known as The Valley for over 200 years. Her presentation will give a comprehensive history of The Valley and serve as the backdrop for the WHS summer exhibit about The Valley opening entitled "Life in 'The Valley' - The history of a little known Walpole community, told through the MacNutt and Thompson families, ca. 1919.". 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. Walpole Town Hall, Elm St. Information: 603-756-3672.

Kids and families

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.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Co-op: Free Friday Samplings: Try something new, something seasonal, something on sale. 12 noon - 2 p.m. at the Demo Counter (every Fri. in June). Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.



June 2019