CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, September
BRATTLEBORO Shoot The Moon presents "White Rabbit/Red Rabbit": Rebecca Waxman's performs 9/20. No set, no director, no rehearsals, a different actor every night. Nassim Soleimanpour's "playful, enigmatic and haunting solo show" - New York Times. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, September 21. $15. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.
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. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays. 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.
BRATTLEBORO Write for Climate: Reflect, re-imagine, and write. 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRATTLEBORO Climate-focused Work - Write Action Open Reading: Read your climate-focused work or just listen. 6:30 p.m. River Gallery School: Gallery 34, 34 Main St. Information: email@example.com.
BELLOWS FALLS 2nd Annual "A World Suspended in Color" Fine Art Glass Show: Showcasing the diverse and dynamic range of glass art from our regions - many nationally renowned, awarded and multi-talented glass artists. This year the Show includes members of both The Vermont Glass Guild and the League of N.H. Craftsmen: Clare Adams, Damon Bennett, Robert Burch, Robert DuGrenier, Nicholas Kekic, Jordana Korsen, Chris Sherwin, and Aaron Slater. 9/20, 5-8 p.m. Opening reception on Bellows Falls 3rd Friday Gallery Night. Celebrate with the artists and share their process and experience with glass as a medium of expression. Gallery open Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Saturday, November 9. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: Mike or Emmet: 802-289-0104, ccanalstreetartgallery.com.
BRATTLEBORO "Strength of the Storm": This powerful film that highlights the devastating impact that global climate change has had on the lives of VTers. Rob Koier's documentary helps us all see and feel how the impact of our addiction to fossil fuels challenges life as we know it in an intimate and compelling manner. It follows the stories of eight residents of VT's Weston Mobile Home Park as they rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene back in 2011. Few communities were more decimated by Hurricane Irene than Weston Mobile Home Park in the Central VT town of Berlin. Seventy out of 83 homes were damaged beyond repair. Weston Park residents faced constant economic discrimination after the storm. While wealthier neighboring communities received overwhelming volunteer support, these residents were essentially left to fend for themselves. It is a solemn reminder of both the dangers of climate change and the harsh socioeconomic discrimination that often occurs in the wake of a devastating natural disaster. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Discussion follows. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: VermontClimateStrike.org.
BRATTLEBORO Sarasa - Music for 3 Cellos: The Cello Suites by J.S. Bach are a major part of a cellist's repertoire and it should be fascinating to hear three of these suites played by three cellists in one concert. To break up the intensity of the suites, we'll play Cervetto sonatas for three cellos between each one. Timothy Merton, Jennifer Morsches, Phoebe Carrai, Baroque cellos. Cervetto was an Italian contemporary of Bach who was himself a cellist and helped to promote the popularity of the cello in England, his adopted home. 7:30 p.m. $20, $10 students, free for children. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.
WEST TOWNSHEND Farmers Market, Pizza, Music with Nate Paine and Friends: 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. 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.
WEST DOVER Awesome Animal Academy Grand Opening: Connecting kids with wildlife conservation. Our programs help children develop compassion and courage. Each young person learns leadership skills and to launch a project that saves a species, protects the planet, and/or starts an eco-friendly business. On 9/21, meet two critically endangered New Foundland ponies from the New Foundland Pony Conservancy Center in Jaffrey, NH. Only 500 are left in the world. 9/20: 5-8 p.m., 9/21: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 9/22: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Sunday, September 22. Free. Awesome Animal Academy, 84 VT-100. Information: 802-258-8046; Click to e-mail for more information.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BELLOWS FALLS Free Car Wash - Meet & Greet local Recovery Coaches: Hosted by Greater Falls Connections and Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield to celebrate National Recovery Month. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. in the parking lot. Donations welcome. OReilly Auto Parts, 102 Westminster St.
BELLOWS FALLS Songs & Stories of Hope: Drop by the Flat Iron Cafe: Performers Jenny Burtis, Julie Cermola, Neil Blanchette, and Charles Collins (aka "Bruno's Human"). Followed by a candlelight vigil. Hosted by Greater Falls Connections and Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield to celebrate National Recovery Month. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Donations welcome. Flat Iron Exchange, 51 The Square. Information: 802-460-0357.
BRATTLEBORO Looking Back, Moving Forward - 4 Decades of Queer Activism in VT: VT is regarded as one of the most queer-friendly states in America. In 2000, it was the first in the nation to legalize civil unions for same sex couples; in 2009, it became the first state to allow same-sex marriage by legislation rather than court ruling. How did that come to pass? One important factor has been the tireless activism and advocacy carried out over decades by, on behalf of, VT's LGBTQ+ community. Presented in partnership with the AIDS Project of Southern VT Prevention, Out in the Open (formerly Green Mountain Crossroads), and sponsored by The Samara Fund of the The Vermont Community Foundation, this event looks at key individuals, organizations, moments in the history of queer activism in southern VT from the 1980s to present day. Presented in conjunction with Dona Ann McAdams: "Performative Acts," a retrospective of work by the acclaimed photographer and activist. McAdams credits her friendship with civil rights icon Harvey Milk with inspiring her lifelong devotion to using photography for social change. The exhibit includes McAdams' photographs of queer liberation and AIDS activism protests across several decades. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Non-Violent Direction Action (NVDA) Training: Join 350 Vermont for this workshop on non-violent direct action - a powerful tool for social change! Through role plays and exercises, learn the importance of collective action and its connection to collective liberation, the basics of NVDA (non-violent direct action) theory, creative tactics for shutting things down to open them up, and legal factors to consider, all with a focus on how to use NVDA strategically within a campaign. 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. $20 to $75 based on your ability to pay (no one will be turned away). Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Info/Register: Sonia: email@example.com, https://350vermont.org/workshops/#upcomingworkshops.
BRATTLEBORO #Climate Strike: On 9/20, just ahead of the UN Global Climate Action Summit in NYC, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg and her fellow youth climate strikers have invited adults to join them for a multi-generational, multi-racial, intersectional #ClimateStrike. In Windham County, 350 Brattleboro has teamed up with Extinction Rebellion Southern VT, VT Workers' Center, VBike, BEEC, other local groups, youth leaders, activists to make the Global Climate Strike and Week of Action impossible to miss. We must break with our schedules, speak up, act, make our voices heard, work toward a livable planet for all. Together, we can stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry and commit to climate solutions! We also want to acknowledge that this is the original homeland of the Abenaki people, and what is now called VT is one small portion of what the people term Ndakinna. In solidarity with the indigenous people of the area, we hope to join them as stewards of this place. Write for Climate: Reflecting & Reimagining at the Museum, 9- 11 a.m., Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (10 Vernon St). Then we'll walk up to the Climate Strike Rally, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in Pliny Park. Check out VermontClimateStrike.org. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: Museum:www.facebook.com/events/449400522326187;Pliny Park rally:www.facebook.com/events/2417361161690510.