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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Live in HD - The MET - Alban Berg's "Wozzeck": After wowing audiences with his production of "Lulu" in 2015, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary visual imagination on Berg's other operatic masterpiece. MET Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin is on the podium for this event, with baritone Peter Mattei as the disturbed title character. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck's unfaithful mate, alongside a commanding cast that also includes tenor Christopher Ventris, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn, and tenor Gerhard Siegel. 1 - 4:30 p.m. $22, $10 students ($20 MET Club Forever members). Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-254-1109; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Auditions for "Bloomsday Celebration": This Bloomsday Celebration commemorates June 16, 1904 - the day when a host of marvelous fictional characters weave their way through Dublin, Ireland. In one day, the characters' experiences parallel the ten-year journey home of Odysseus in Homer's epic poem The Odyssey. Fans of the novel worldwide celebrate June 16 as "Bloomsday" (Leopold and Molly Bloom being two main characters of the work) by reading from Ulysses. Hooker-Dunham's Bloomsday Celebration is a staged reading of selected excerpts from Joyce’s classic novel interlaced with music by Dan Dewalt. Those auditioning will be asked to read from text drawn from Ulysses. 11 a.m. (Actual performance will be at the Hooker-Dunham Theater on June 16 at 7 p.m.). Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: Jon Mack: 802-254-9276,

The written word

WILMINGTON Reading - "Skiing with Henry Knox: A Personal Journal Along Vermont's Catamount Trail": If you are a history buff, skier, and/or armchair adventurer, you will enjoy hearing Sam Brakeley read from his new book. In 2015, Brakeley found himself at a crossroads, both emotionally and geographically. Follow his girlfriend out west or break-up and remain here in mountains of the northeast. His solution? Take to the mid-winter woods to retrace the journey of American Revolutionary Henry Knox and hope the isolation helps him decide. 4:30 p.m. More book info: Free. Bartlebys Books, 17 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-5425; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

NEWFANE "Nuts & Bolts of Local Government": This series will help explain who does what in your government. Each workshop will focus on a different aspect of state or local government. Confused about the many different school districts, mergers, boards and modified unions? Wondering how to read that school budget? Curious about the education tax on your property tax bill? Hear Ann Manwaring (former State Representative for Wilmington, Halifax and Whitingham) and Olga Peters, reporter for The Commons, explain what it's all about. 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Monthly series. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Food Choices with Robin Mathathias - "Fat Facts": Learn how to make healthy fat choices and how to minimize the unhealthy fats. Taste easy ways to substitute healthy fats for unhealthy ones. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (use Canal St. entrance). Free for all. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,


BELLOWS FALLS Second-Saturday Synthfest Series: This electronic music performance series celebrates synthesizers, circuit-bending, and sound manipulation. Each session hosts up to five acts for individual performances followed by a collective improvisation. Players will be in the center of the room, with the audience in the round. The music is expected to range from cinematic and lush to computeresque and urgent. Performers at this session include Infinite Is, Tiny Little Ghosts, Five Before Chaos, Cyrus, and tOOthpAAt. 7 p.m. Additional dates: 2/8, 3/14, 4/11. $5 suggested donation at door. Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Information: 802-289-0148; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Dunham Shoe Factory: Dunham Shoe Factory is a collaboration between Anna Patton, Mac Ritchey, Todd Roach and Dave Haughey. They are a contemporary acoustic ensemble playing original compositions influenced by world traditions. Combining the clarinet, oud, percussion and cello, their music draws from an array of styles including Egyptian, Jazz, Brazilian, Turkish, Classical and Indian music. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. $20 to $25 depending on seating choice. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Weekly diverse indoor farmers market. Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. Lunch menu and live music with the Old Fashioneds. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. (music: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the cafe). Bring shopping bags or buy ours. Through Saturday, March 28. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,,


BRATTLEBORO Traditional Yoga Therapy Classes: Based on Krishnamacharya's teachings later in life in Chennai, India, participants learn to work with their breath through a series of foundational postures, leading to seated breath-work and meditation exercises. Saturdays: 8 - 9:15 p.m. (Thursdays: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m). $12 to $15 per class (monthly memberships available). Setu Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center, 241 Quails Hill Rd. Information: Check for schedule changes:

BRATTLEBORO Gong Sound Healing: Participants can expect to partake in call-and-response style chanting featuring harmonium, talas, and tabla; pranayama exercises to settle the mind and connect with the breath; and a deeply relaxing meditation to the sound of gongs and singing bowls. No experience necessary; all ages welcome. 6:30 - 8 p.m. on Saturdays. $12 suggested donation. Setu Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center, 241 Quails Hill Rd. Information: (check for changes).



January 2020