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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO King Dick, a.k.a. Richard III: Analog Players presents two actors, two puppets, and an entire wardrobes worth of costume changes suffice to bring about the downfall of England's most hated tyrant king. 7 - 9 p.m. Thur., 8 - 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Through Saturday, August 24. $12. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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. Through Friday, August 23. 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

GUILFORD Back Roads Stories: Don't miss your chance to hear Ryan Dillon, Laura Lawson Tucker, Rick Zamore, and Michael Nethercott, who will each be telling an original story. Back Roads Stories is a project of the Friends of the Guilford Free Library. 7 p.m. Program is followed by dessert reception. Free. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Lynn Green: 802-258-4833.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO "Evolving in Watercolor" : This group of painters have evolved from tentative beginnings to work that reflects the confidence, skill, and creativity of each artist. They meet under the direction of Bennington artist, Ann Kremers. When there is no class, they support each other in art and life, and their work is becoming increasingly accomplished. Artists: Ali Edelstein, Shelley Geller, Abbie Hatton, Ann Kremers, Gwen Steege, Margaret Weinland, Elizabeth Whateley. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays, 12 noon - 4 p.m. Saturdays. Through Friday, August 30. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Toastmasters - "Sharing Your Favorite Passion": While presenting speeches, reports and participating in public speaking exercises, a member of the BrattleMasters club incorporate the theme of "Sharing Your Favorite Passion." The public is welcome to visit, watch, and participate in a speaking off-the-cuff exercise (volunteers will be asked a question and given one to two minutes to respond). Carolyn Handy of Putney will be the emcee. The speech will be evaluated by another Toastmaster. There will be a report from the "ah" counter who tracks every person's filler words like ah, um, er, so, and, andah, andum, for example. Refreshments. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Rm. 245 (every 2nd and 4th Thurs.). Free. Vermont Technical College, 41 Harmony Pl. Information:

WEST DUMMERSTON The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum - "Wildlife Tales": This fun-for-all-ages program, "Universe of Stories," uses stories from around the world to introduce audiences to animals, melding culture and science in an engaging and interactive format and leaving plenty of time for questions and answers. 6 p.m. Free. Lydia Taft Pratt Library, 156 West St. Information: ; Click to e-mail for more information.


BRATTLEBORO Open Mic for Musicians hosted by Kevin Perry: 6 - 9 p.m. every Thursday. Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. Performers receive 50% off their meal - and should call to sign up in advance: 802-257-7563,


SAXTONS RIVER Acrylic Mediums Workshop: In this introductory class, Heather Geoffrey (MSA artistic director) will provide an overview of how the use of acrylic mediums can transform the way to use paint. In acrylic mediums, the mixtures can be incorporated into the pigment to lengthen drying time, add thickness or change the texture. The class will cover gel mediums, texture mediums, flow mediums and slow-drying mediums.She describes a medium as "a substance that is added to paint to change one or more of its properties." Geoffrey is an interdisciplinary artist whose approach combines elements of acrylic painting, digital photography, written word and performance. She received a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with focuses on Borderland Theory and Spirituality in Artistic Process and Creation, and a master's in fine arts in Interdisciplinary Arts, both from Goddard College. Her paintings have been exhibited in group and solo shows and her work has been commissioned for public murals and private collections. 5 - 7:30 p.m. $25. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Pre-registration required: 802-869-2960,

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. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Free Kids Cooking Class - All Kinds of Pickles: Kids will learn how to make simple pickles using the bounty of vegetables and fruits available at this time of year. We will chop, mix, season, and store our flavorful creations in a mason jar to bring home. Instructor: Lizi Rosenberg, BFC Education Outreach Coordinator. 3:30 - 5 p.m. (Canal St. entrance). Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,


BRATTLEBORO Nature Deficit Disorder - The Global Warming Connection: Bill Pearson discusses our disconnection with Nature and how it invites climate catastrophe. It also compromises our individual and societal compassion, generosity and creativity. 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.

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,

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,

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Load the Latchis: Help us fill every seat in the Latchis Theatre with a bag of groceries for our neighbors in need! We're collecting grocery items and cash to support Foodworks at Groundworks Collaborative. Monetary support makes the greatest impact as we're able to purchase large quantities of food from the Vermont Foodbank at prices well below grocery store cost. Every dollar we raise is leveraged by our ability to accept large donations of free, high quality food salvaged from local grocery and convenience stores. 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. To donate online:

PUTNEY Free Food Distribution: All are welcome to come for free produce and some non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. Open to anyone in the community. Please bring your own shopping bags. 9 - 9:45 a.m. Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.

Community meals

LONDONDERRY Community Lunches: 12 noon in the Friendship Room. All Londonderry residents are welcome. (Additional dates: 9/26, 10/14). Free (donations welcome). Second Congregational Church, Route 11/100. Information: 802-824-6453.



August 2019