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Performing arts

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

SAXTONS RIVER Opening Reception: "Art in Black and White" - Charmaine Weley-Hartman and Terry Hartman: This husband-and-wife team share their paintings, original prints, drawings, prose, photographs, computer art, calligraphy and quilts as they explore how black and white are opposites that attract each other's company, with multiples shades of gray and splashes of color intruding. 5:30 - 7 p.m. Reception with piano music by Karen Engdahl. (Exhibit runs through 9/24). Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO United States Census 2020 Jobs: Overview of the United States census history. Discussion on purpose and jobs for the Census in 2019 and 2020. 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 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,


BRATTLEBORO "Face of Recovery" - Film and Discussion: The film is about the journey and ultimate success in recovery of Justin Goulet. An athlete and powerlifter, Goulet injured himself in a weightlifting competition. Prescription medications provided pain relief for a time but Goulet eventually turned to heroin. As he became more dependent on heroin he turned to a variety of methods to gain access to the drug, eventually landing in federal prison, where his path to recovery began. Following the screening, there will be discussion with Justin Goulet and U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan, both featured in the film. 7 p.m., Main Reading Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; 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 Women Veterans Weekly Coffee and Tea Social: All female veterans are invited. 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. every Thursday. American Legion Hall (Post 5), 32 Linden St. Information: 802-257-1872.

BRATTLEBORO Film - "Face of Recovery": Far too often we only see and hear about the negative side of the opiate crisis but fail to promote and recognize the hard work people have accomplished on their road to recovery. Our goal is to get the word out that people are holding themselves accountable, successful recovery is possible, their situation is not hopeless, and there is support available without judgement. This film is about the journey and ultimate success in recovery of Justin Goulet. Q&A and comments follow along with U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan. Hosted by the Brattleboro Police Dept. and the U.S. Attorney's office (represented by U.S. Atty. Christina Nolan. 7 p.m. Main Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.



August 2019