CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, September
WEST CHESTERFIELD "The Time of My Life": Do we ever really know when we are truly happy? That is the question beneath English playwright Alan Ayckbourn's fast-paced family comedy. He draws scathing portraits of people leading dull, mechanical lives, who every day somehow straddle the line between comedy and farce. At three separate restaurant tables, scenes continuously shift back and forth from Present to Past to Future, cleverly revealing all the family secrets and foibles. As seen through this filter of Time, this seemingly normal family's back-stabbing attacks on each other, their overbearing strengths and debilitating weaknesses/infidelities, and disappointing children are revealed through awkward fits, situational misconceptions, and flailing arguments as the audience pieces together a recognizable tale of a family's pride and prejudices. Cast: Mo Hart, Bruce Holloway, Heather Martell, Tyler Strickland, Harral Hamilton, Sadie Fischesser and Sherman Morrison. Directed by Sam Pilo. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays. Through Saturday, September 28. $15 (reservations recommended). Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Information: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BELLOWS FALLS Rockingham Library & Banned Book Week (9/22-9/28): Help Rockingham Library celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week. Select a challenged or banned book from the Library's main floor display to take home to read. Better yet, sign up by 9/18 to read one in the "See Live Humans Read Banned/Challenged Books" front window of Village Square Book Sellers. This annual event spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community - librarians, booksellers, publishers, teachers, journalists, and readers of all types - in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Each year, the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms. The OIF tracked 347 challenges to library, school and university materials and services. Overall, 483 books were challenged or banned in 2018. . Through Saturday, September 21. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRATTLEBORO "Farming While Black - Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty": Epsilon Spires, a new arts organization, seeks to act as a center of communication illuminating the relationship between creative arts, natural sciences, sustainability. Amani Olugbala, presenter, is part Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. In addition to running a sliding-scale CSA for over 100 families in the Albany-Troy area, Soul Fire Farm hosts immersive workshops on topics such as seedkeeping, climate-resilient farming, decolonizing our food system. "Farming While Black" will explore how American agriculture has been built on a foundation of exploitative practices - slavery to land theft - and how we can move forward towards a sustainable system based on justice, dignity, abundance for all community members. "Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices - from organic agriculture to the farm cooperative and the CSA - have roots in African wisdom," says Olugbala. Yet today, fewer than 2% of farms in America are owned by black farmers - down from 14% a century ago. Soul Fire Farm is working to train a new generation of farmers of color as well as stimulating conversation around how a history of land-based oppression/forced migration have resulted in a concentration of people of color in urban environments, often devoid of the psycho-spiritual and somatic benefits of connection to the earth. 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Free. Epsilon Spires (First Baptist Church), 190 Main St. RSVP: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Toastmasters - The Animals in Our Lives: Speeches, reports, public speaking exercises. 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). There will be a report from the "ah" counter who tracks every person's filler words like ah, um, er, and so, for example. Michelle O'Hearn-Deblois will emcee. Refreshments. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in Rm. 249 (new room). Enter from front or back entrance, take stairs/elevator to 2nd fl. Free. Brooks House, 41 Harmony Pl. (Main and High St.). Information: www.brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.
BRATTLEBORO Free preview of excerpts from Ken Burns' "Country Music": "Country Music" is a 16-hour series exploring the history of a uniquely American art form. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century. "Country Music" features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. This will be followed by live music and discussion. The documentary premieres on VT PBS on 9/15. Free admission but patrons are asked to sign up at www.eventbrite.com/e/preview-screening-of-country-music-a-film-by-ken-burns-with-artist-qa-tickets-70296297117. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-254-1109; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Anna Patton Teaches "Ear Training for Everyone": There are virtuosic listeners just as there are virtuosic performers - you can learn to be one! Are there songs you love and wish you could articulate what is so great about them? Do you harmonize with your voice/instrument and wonder why some harmonies sound great or weird or wrong? Write music and feel as though you always follow the same patterns and wish you had more options? This course draws on Patton's fascination with learning and creating music by ear and is designed for singers, instrumentalists, curious listeners; people with/without formal music training. Learn to identify the harmonic gist of songs by listening, finding bass lines, making educated guesses about chord progressions. Exercises to sharpen musical ears through harmonizing and e-harmonizing well-known songs. We'll have group compositions, experiment with harmonic options and steal ideas we like from the songs we've studied. While vocalizing will be central, these skills are not just for people who consider themselves singers - they're also at the core of improvisation, composition, and general music appreciation. 5:30 - 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, November 21. $150 for 10 sessions or $20 per class. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Questions/scholarship assistance: email@example.com.
BRATTLEBORO Anna Patton - Improvised Music: Jump into the creation of improvised music through group improvisations, game-pieces, free play, and more when Anna and Wendy Eisenberg share the joy of sound-making. For all instrumentalists/vocalists willing to experiment with improvisational play. No experience needed - just a curious ear and a willingness to make things up. Anna and Wendy will engage participants in techniques that will encourage creativity through spontaneity. Anna is a clarinetist who teaches vocal and instrumental ensemble classes and music theory. In 2006, she started the Soubrette Jazz Choir at the VT Jazz Center which performs her creative arrangements of historical and contemporary American music. Guest host Wendy is an accomplished improvising guitarist, banjo-player, vocalist, poet. Using the languages of free jazz, new music, metal and art song, the music challenges the representational and technical demands placed on a guitar and a banjo in contemporary music. 7:30 p.m. Free but donations are accepted. (Also see 9/12 Music: Anna Patton's "Ear Training for Everyone" series). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Join the Brattleboro Women's Chorus: Open rehearsal. See if chorus is right for you. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: www.BrattleboroWomensChorus.org.
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, www.kevinparrymusic.com.
BRATTLEBORO Opiates Education Series: Nar-Anon and Turning Point - Local Resources for Support: Turning Point provides a safe, supportive gathering place - peer support, education, resource options - for all whose lives have been affected by addictions and are seeking to begin or strengthen their individual path in recovery. This talk by Suzie Walker, Exec. Dir. Nar-Anon Family Groups, offers a program supporting relatives and friends of those battling substance use. Members can achieve peace of mind and gain hope for the future. Susan Avery facilitates. 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, shareholders@BrattleboroFoodCoop.coop.
NEWFANE Vermont 2-1-1 Presentation: Join Stacy Garcia De Alba from United Way of Windham County as she discusses the VT 2-1-1 program, which is a free referral line for community members. Refreshments will be served. 6 - 7 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Extinction Rebellion Info Session: Concerned about climate change and not sure what to do about it? Join us for a presentation about Extinction Rebellion - the international, apolitical climate movement that is using non-violent direct action to enact change. Find out about the many ways you can join the climate movement. Presented by Maria and Ward Ogden. 6 - 7 p.m. Presentation. Q&A follows. Childcare provided with advance notice: firstname.lastname@example.org. Enter through Canal St. entrance. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.