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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.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO "Air Logic" - Reading and Discussion with author Laurie J. Marks: "Air Logic," is the final book in this fantasy series. "Marks brings her much-loved, long-unavailable Elemental Logic series to a superb finale. An extraordinary fantasy saga that's well worth revisiting or exploring for the first time." - Publishers Weekly. 6 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Protecting Your Income (Part 2): Protecting your income upon death is one of the most important and often misunderstood topics. During this session, Scott Gordon Macey will demystify and educate about the need for life insurance pre- and post-retirement. He will also discuss the various types and uses for life insurance as a protection strategy. 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.


GREENFIELD The Ali Ryerson-Joe Carter Duo: With a career spanning nearly five decades, jazz flutist Ali Ryerson has consistently ranked among the top flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll for well over a decade. Joe Carter on guitar. 7:30 p.m. In advance: $20 ($15 seniors). Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, 8 Church St. Information: 413-773-3925,


BRATTLEBORO Creative Ways of Preserving the Season's Bounty (Free): Join Allie, from FinAllie Ferments (our May 2019 Producer of the Month), to learn how to preserve your favorite produce through fermentation - easy and fun methods you can employ in your kitchen to make sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, and more. She'll also guide you in thinking "outside the jar" with creative ideas to make your ferments unique. Taste some of her creations as well. For adults only. (Canal St. entrance). Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,

Farmers' markets

WEST TOWNSHEND Farmers Market, Pizza, Music with Nate Paine and Friends: Great vendors, pizza baked in the outdoor oven. Buy your plant starts, fresh greens, local produce, meats, bread, ferments, maple syrup and other groceries. Crafts and local treats. Followed by wood-fired pizza and Old Time music. All ages. Sponsored by The West River Community Project, a nonprofit Center dedicated to promoting agricultural, economic, and social activities of the West River Valley. 4:30-7:30 p.m: Market; 5-7:30: p.m. Pizza and Music. Credit, debit, EBT payments accepted. Thrift shop open till 7 p.m. 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 Free Friday Samplings - Try Before You Buy - On Sale: Try something new, something seasonal, something on sale. 12 noon - 2 p.m. at the Demo Counter. (Every Fri. in August). Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.



August 2019