CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, September
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.
BRATTLEBORO David Plowden - "Bridges": David Plowden spent over 6 decades photographing America's disappearing landscapes and the vestiges of its industrial heyday - steel mills, locomotives, bridges, skyscrapers, small towns. He has, in his own words, "made a career of being one step ahead of the wrecking ball." His initial foray into what would become a lifelong journey in photography took place at the old train station in Putney. There, at the age of 10, he made his first attempt. Historian David McCullough described that signal occasion in an essay included in "Brave Companions: Portraits in History": [Plowden] was waiting with his mother on the platform… when the train came around the bend, whistling and popping and roaring down the river into Putney. He was so frightened, he handed the camera back to her. "You take the picture," he said. A few weeks later, with the new box Brownie she had given him, he had better luck. Upon leaving Putney, that terrifying "iron horse" fleetingly captured by Plowden pulled into its next stop, Brattleboro's Union Station, which would become the BMAC. Much of Plowden's work has been done in the service of the 29 books he has authored and co-authored. The photographs in this exhibit represent a small fraction of those in "Bridges: The Spans of North America," a visually magnificent history of American bridge design and construction. . Through Monday, September 23. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Joan Peters - "Banners Through Four Seasons": A series of paper banners inspired by Chinese and Japanese art, seed packets and Joan's training as a scenic painter. Since graduating from UMass Amherst with an MFA in theater design, Joan spent much of her professional life as a costume designer and architectural color consultant. A half step back from these activities has allowed her more time to paint on paper. She's long been drawn to the banner format, inspiration received from Chinese and Japanese art. She favors strong color and simplicity of form in celebration of the natural world. Complementing the exhibit are painted silk banners, hanging overhead, completed some years ago for Strolling of the Heifers. These pieces were the product of a fruitful artistic collaboration with Patricia Burleson. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Through Friday, September 27. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.
PUTNEY Photographs by Brent Seabrook: The focus of this exhibition is farm work, farm workers, and the work place itself. Seabrook says: "I want to make a photograph that shows the viewer both a recognizable activity or scene and the psychological depth of the relationship between the subject and the setting." His large format color photographs depict unusual scenes from particular angles that reflect his desire to expand the meaning of the image. Wrapped hay bales surround a tree in the midst of a field, brush piles crowd the frame in an almost menacing way and two large wheels of cheese sit on a shelf like monuments. Several portraits of farm workers reveal both an intense concentration and an abstracted inner dialogue. Seabrook's personal VT Farm Work Project began after graduating as a studio art major from Middlebury College and started working at Green Mountain Orchard in Putney. He found himself photographing all aspects of work and people and realized this was his medium. He's exhibited at Catamount Arts Center and the VT Center for Photography. Library hours. Through Saturday, September 28. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.
W. BRATTLEBORO Join the Brattleboro Women's Chorus: Open rehearsals. See if chorus is right for you. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Rehearsals repeat 9/11 (same location and time) and 9/12, Brattleboro Music Center, 10 a.m. - 12 noon. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. 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 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.
BRATTLEBORO Intro to Cat Body Language and Behavior: Jessalyn, Feline Specialist at the Windham County Humane Society, will cover the basics of cat body language along with some commonly misunderstood cat behaviors. While questions are encouraged, this class is not designed to identify or correct individual cat behavior issues. 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.