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BRATTLEBORO Celebration Brass Band and VT Shakedown: These two bands are joining forces to play the Midwinter Carnival Breakdown. Celebrate the night with New Orleans style brass band tunes, Afrobeat and Funk - originals and covers. Dance hard and support an awesome venue. 7:30 - 11:15 p.m. $12 to $17. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Sarasa Ensemble - "Viola, Viola!": Mozart String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516; Brahms String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111. Rodolfo Richter, Susannah Foster, violins; Jenny Stirling, Jason Fisher, violas; Jennifer Morsches (Mozart), Timothy Merton (Brahms), cellos. The viola's tenor range binds the top voice with the bottom, a sort of sandwich filling that brings out the best flavor in an ensemble. It is the instrument that many composers preferred to play in chamber music settings, including J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, among others. While the viola does not have the wealth of sonata or concerto repertoire that its violin cousin enjoys, both Mozart and Brahms were clearly inspired by its unique timbre. They composed some incredibly wonderful viola parts in their opus, especially in their string quartets, string quintets, string sextets (Brahms), serenades (Brahms), symphonies, operas (Mozart) and masses - and we will indulge ourselves with two of their masterful string quintets . 7:30 - 9 p.m. $20, $10 students. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Tickets:

PUTNEY Local Music and Food Series - Molly Steinmark's trio M.O.D: M.O.D. plays a mix of funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, R&B and features Molly on drums and vocals plus a rotating cast of this area's finest musicians. For this concert/dance party: Darby Wolf (keyboards and bass) and Dan Thomas (guitar) round out the power trio packing a danceable punch with a full band sound. Dinner from the Top of the Hill Grill. Cafe offers pulled pork/cole slaw, andouille/blue cheese, and portobello/mozzarella sliders with pickles and chips ($4), beer/wine cash bar. 6 p.m. beer/wine cash bar opens, 7 p.m. music. $10 admission at door. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GREENFIELD The Sprague/Jaffe/Ennis Trio: This is an exciting new ensemble featuring three long time collaborators. The trio (Miro Sprague, piano; Marty Jaffe, bass; Jason Ennis, guitar) mainly perform original jazz compositions by each band member. Infused with influences from Brazil, classical chamber music, funk and more, their music features intricate group improvisation, inventive arrangements, and a deep sense of beauty and groove. 7:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Hawks & Reed, 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

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 Seeds of Light (Sukyo Mahikari) with Susan Hebson: In Sukyo Mahikari, positive spiritual energy is transmitted from the palm of the hand to the receiver. This energy has also been referred to as light or true light. It purifies and revitalizes the spirit, mind, and body. One of the best ways to initiate a natural and sustainable process of change in oneself at the deepest level of consciousness is giving and receiving light energy and practicing universal principles. 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.

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS Bellows Falls 3rd Friday - Art, Music, Dining & Literary Events: 5 - 8 p.m. Bellows Falls 3rd Friday. Information:

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Ron Kelley and the Hot Noodles: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. More refreshments in the cafe. Ron Kelley and the Hot Noodles will play sizzling jazz from the '20s, '30s, and '40s. 5 p.m. pizza, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 suggested donation for pizza pie. Donations also appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL): Khol Hitchcock, Peer Advocate Counselor at VCIL, will discuss their programs and services. 11 a.m. Free. Inclusion Center, St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., lower level. Information: Julie Tamler: 802-380-5484.



January 2020