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Performing arts

PUTNEY Moliere's "Tartuffe": Controversial and popular from the time of its release, this play remains a biting satire aimed at religious hypocrisy. When the kind, yet dim, Orgon invites the religious zealot known as Tartuffe into his home, he has no idea that he has accepted a snake into his den. While Tartuffe acts like a kind minister, he is - in fact - a con man plotting to rob Orgon of everything he holds dear! While Orgon becomes hopelessly entranced by Tartuffe, his family rallies to expose Tartuffe for the rascal that he is. Will they be able to save the hapless Orgon from Tartuffe's clutches? It may take an act of fake seduction - and an obvious Deus ex Machina - to help defeat this lascivious hypocrite. Cast: Tartuffe: Jim Maxwell, Elmire: Gay Maxwell, Orgon: Michael Kennedy, Dorine: Christopher Coutant, Cleante: Lionel Chute, Valere: Aiden Meyer, Mariane: Ha Huynh, Damis: Ian Hefele, Madame Pernelle: Carolyn Taylor-Olson, Loyal/Officer: Patrick Lewis. Produced by Apron Theater Company. 7:30 p.m. (Repeats 8/22, 8/23). Through Saturday, August 17. 15, $12 seniors/students. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST CHESTERFIELD "Moonlight and Magnolias": In Ron Hutchinson's wacky comedy, Sam Murphy as Hecht, Mark Tullgren as Selznick, and Gregory Lesch as Fleming disagree on just about everything. It's 1939. Producer David O. Selznick, unhappy with his efforts to bring Margaret Mitchell's blockbuster novel, "Gone with the Wind," to the silver screen, has halted production after three weeks of filming. Selznick moans that it's costing him $50,000 a day to idle cast and crew, but he wants to get it right. At the same time, he has to fend off the gossip columnists. In desperation, he calls in Ben Hecht, renowned screenwriter and script doctor, who, as it turns out, is the only person in America who hasn't read the novel. He calls in Victor Fleming, who's been directing "Wizard of Oz," and tells him he's now directing GWTW. Inspiration strikes! Selznick and Fleming will act out all the parts, including birthing babies, as Hecht types and commits it all to paper. Based on actual events, versions of this story have circulated to the point where it has become an accepted Hollywood legend. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Fri. Sat. Through Saturday, September 7. $12 (Thur.), $15 (Fri. or Sat.). Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Reservations: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY Photographs by Brent Seabrook: The focus of this exhibition is farm work, farm workers, and the work place itself. Seabrook says: "I want to make a photograph that shows the viewer both a recognizable activity or scene and the psychological depth of the relationship between the subject and the setting." His large format color photographs depict unusual scenes from particular angles that reflect his desire to expand the meaning of the image. Wrapped hay bales surround a tree in the midst of a field, brush piles crowd the frame in an almost menacing way and two large wheels of cheese sit on a shelf like monuments. Several portraits of farm workers reveal both an intense concentration and an abstracted inner dialogue. Seabrook's personal VT Farm Work Project began after graduating as a studio art major from Middlebury College and started working at Green Mountain Orchard in Putney. He found himself photographing all aspects of work and people and realized this was his medium. He's exhibited at Catamount Arts Center and the VT Center for Photography. Library hours. Through Saturday, September 28. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "Plant the Fall Garden Now": Garden author Cheryl Wilfong leads this discussion. 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.

Kids and families

PUTNEY Free Yoga for Kids: Melissa Dawson is a Putney mother of three, family therapist, and lover of singing and dancing with children. She is working toward certification in Childlight Yoga - a fun, creative, developmentally-focused model of children's yoga that utilizes music, games, stories, props, etc. to engage children in yoga postures and introduces children to yoga principals. 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. (Repeats 8/22). Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information:


GUILFORD Tai Chi for Fall Prevention: Regular practice improves balance, promotes correct posture and good health. Classes are paced for seniors combining qigong energy exercises with basic movements. 9 - 10 a.m. beginners; 10 - 11 a.m. ongoing, intermediate. $2 suggested donation. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-579-1350,

BRATTLEBORO Weekly Mid-Day Meditation: Create more peace and relaxation in your life by learning how to meditate. Vera Riley has been meditating for nearly 25 years and looks forward to sharing her knowledge with you through instruction and practice. Vera has studied different meditation types, such as Zen, with several teachers including Shinzen Young and, currently, Soryu Forall. 1 - 1:30 p.m. every Thurs. (Bring a meditation cushion, seat, or mat.). Free to all. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,

Community building

SO. NEWFANE Garden & Forest Volunteer Day: Join us to maintain the Botanical Sanctuary and do garden work. Volunteers will receive perennial divisions or work trade credit towards a future class. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (come for whatever time frame works for you). Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine, 569 Dover Rd. Information: 802-365-0251; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Community Meeting and Potluck: All are welcome. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. monthly. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: 802-254-3400; Click for more info on Web in new window.



August 2019