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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. 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. and Sat.). Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Reservations: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS Singer-Songwriters Joe Jencks and Jesse Terry: Joe Jencks is a 20-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs, including the ever-relevant "Lady of The Harbor," he's also co-founder of the harmony trio Brother Sun. His newest Solo CD, "Poets, Philosophers, Workers, & Wanderers," was released in 2017 to critical acclaim. Jesse Terry has 5 albums and has made it his mission to share his love of music fully and completely, without regard for shading his emotions or tempering his convictions. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Advance: $20, $15 seniors, $35 premium reserved (add $5 for all tickets purchased at door). The Chapel, 20 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

WEST TOWNSHEND Farmers Market, Pizza, Music with Alex Beshay: 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. Live music with Alex Beshay. 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

DOVER "Stranger Things" (Season 2 binge watch): Set in the '80s, this fantasy/horror show has enthralled many with its awesome cast and dark, mysterious story. Rated TV PG-14. Snacks including an Eggo Waffle Bar Friday night, pizza Saturda and cool door prizes including books, games and other Strange merchandise provided. 8/23: 6 - 9:30 p.m., 8/24: 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Through Saturday, August 24. Free. Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd. Information: 802-348-7488,

BRATTLEBORO Back to School at the Co-op: Stock up on healthy snacks, lunchbox treats, and back-to-school gear. Lots of Flash Sales and Special Free Tastings throughout the store. Bring the kids to the Demo Counter to make and decorate a crafty lunchbox. Then they can fill it with some free lunchbox snacks (such as juice box, granola, apple, etc.). Enter a Free Drawing for a Co-op Explorer Lunch Box and Gift Card. No purchase necessary. 12 noon - 4 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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.


WILLIAMSVILLE Healing Walk at Manitou: Meditative walk, includes poems or other readings and chances to share. Led by Ryan Murphy. 4 - 6 p.m. rain or shine. Meet at the parking lot. (2nd and 4th Fri. till Oct.). Through Friday, September 27. Free. Manitou Project, 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Information: Mike Mayer: 258-8598,

BRATTLEBORO The Gift of Reiki with Francine Freeman: Find out how to give yourself the gift of Reiki by receiving treatments or learning this healing art to treat yourself, family and friends. Reiki gently brings healing energy to all parts of your being - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. The energetic power of Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki assists with moving toward harmony within, deepening your journey into yourself, enhancing and enriching your life. Fran has been offering treatments and classes since 1983 . 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.

Community building

NEWFANE Vermont Trivia Night with the Historical Society of Windham County: All are welcome to an evening of great food and fun facts. Test your knowledge of Vermont Trivia and local history. Do you know the unusual animal fossil discovered in Charlotte in 1849? What about how Vermont got its name? In what location was the Dam on the West River originally planned? Put your knowledge to the test and learn some fascinating new history facts at the same time. Prizes to the winners. Following the Society's annual meeting will be a potluck dinner - bring a dish to share. Drinks provided. 5:30 p.m. Society meeting, 6 p.m. Potluck, 7 p.m. Trivia Contest. Free. NewBrook Fire Station, Rte.30. Information: 802-348-7891,

Arts and crafts

NEWFANE Self-directed Art Group: All mediums and levels of art experience welcome. 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon (every Friday). Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. RSVP Alice Freeman before attending: 365-7542,


BELLOWS FALLS Wundergroove: DJ Rich Meijer from Brattleboro spins a diverse mix of dance tunes through the ages. Nightclub dance party atmosphere, great bespoke cocktails all made in-house, inclusive vibe, all welcome, come dance with us. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Kitchen - farm fresh local ingredients international tapas/small plate menu - closes 9:30 p.m.) Monthly. Wunderbar, 22 Rockingham St. Information: 802-489-0289; Click for more info on Web in new window.



August 2019