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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.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Historical Mysteries Solved by Modern Technology: Combining history and science may sound incongruous, but in this presentation you will see how a mystery writer Lynne Kennedy blended them together to produce an award-winning series. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Strolling of the Heifers, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

WEST TOWNSHEND Farmers Market, Pizza, Music with Bard Owl: 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 T Breeze Verdant and Annie Landenberger. Joining the duo will be Steve Iachetta on fiddle; Derek Gladding on bass, and David LaPointe on percussion. 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 Critical Mass Ride - Bike Back to School!: 350 Brattleboro, 350 VT, Brattleboro Community Bike Clinic, and VBike are putting a twist this month on the ole "Back to School" by celebrating "Bike to School!" Kids and families welcome. Critical (and "Kidical") Mass rides have a unique way of energizing folks around bike mobility, transportation solutions, and amplifying our collective ability and power to begin reclaiming our streets and communities. We need this, and we need you. 5:30 pm: Start and end at Brattleboro Common. We'll begin by getting organized, signing in, decorating bikes, going over our route. 6 pm: Begin Critical Mass ride - a high-visibility downtown route. 6:30 pm: End ride back at the Brattleboro Common or continue on to the Marina for a dip in the West River. (Last Fri. each month; rotating themes.). Brattleboro Common, bet. Putney Rd. & Linden St.

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. every Friday. Free (KidsPLAYce fees apply if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212,

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. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Inclusion Center Conversation Cafe - "Unexplained Experiences": This discussion may include spiritual experiences, ghostly encounters, or physical health-related experiences. 12 noon (monthly). Free. Inclusion Center, St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., lower level. Information: 802-387-5285; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WESTMINSTER WEST Film and Roundtable Discussion - "Dancing with the Cannibal Giant: New Stories for the Great Transition": Chris Wood of BALE (Building a Local Economy) and Anne Macksoud (film editor/interviewer) join the Living Earth Action Group in leading a discussion of this film/program designed to move us beyond disempowerment through stories of resilience. The goal is to see if we can get to the heart of the great matters of our time in human history and then make an impact. Our time on this Earth is unprecedented and transformative; our task is to save our species (and all of creation) and invite the beautiful, responsible, good nature in us to thrive over a consumptive, greed-driven culture that's part of the narrative we've been born into - and which our cultural framework is built to foster. The real question is how do we get beyond the duality of understanding something very deeply but being unable to act in a way that addresses the depth of that understanding; to step away from the consumption culture we've been born into and welcome our human capacity to create a new narrative for ourselves, our communities, the world. Living Earth Action Group, an all-volunteer organization, meets in Westminster West. 5 p.m. By donation. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Caitlin Adair: 802-387-5779,



August 2019