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Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Windham World Affairs Council: "Degrowth - How our blessings have become a curse": Dr. Julie Snorek, Environmental Studies, Dartmouth College, has spent over 15 years studying climate change, environmentally-induced migration, patterns of development, working mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa. She will explain the new economics of degrowth by examining the flawed logic of continuous, constant growth as a solution to the problems of our era, which is known as the Anthropocene. She will talk about new patterns of development, a future of regeneration, sustainability, justice, and degrowth. Can our current ecological changes be traced back to an economic model based upon uninhibited growth? Is the Green New Deal the solution to our current climate crisis? Is it possible to grow our way out of this crisis trusting primarily in technology? Can we learn from examples from other countries where people are taking actions to de-grow and build a new ecology of care. 7 p.m. Coffee, Tea & Conversation; 7:30 p.m. Talk. Free. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information:

Film and video

PUTNEY "Peter and John" with Director Jay Craven: "Peter and John" is based on the 19th-century novel "Pierre et Jean" by Guy de Maupassant, set in 1872 Nantucket after the decline of whaling, before the rise of tourism, and in the New England shadow of the Civil War. It tells the story of two brothers whose relationship strains when one receives news of an unexpected inheritance and both brothers become attracted to the same young woman who arrives on the island. It stars Jacqueline Bisset, Shane Patrick Kearns, Christian Coulson, Diane Guerrero, Gordon Clapp. This marks Craven's eighth narrative film based in New England. It was nominated for a 2016 New England Emmy Award. His pictures include five collaborations with VT writer Howard Frank Mosher, among them "Northern Borders," with Bruce Dern and Genevieve Bujold, "Disappearances," with Kris Kristofferson, and "Where the Rivers Flow North" with Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal, Michael J. Fox. Craven's feature films have played 58 countries and 73 festivals, including Sundance, with screenings at The Smithsonian, Le Cinematheque Française, Lincoln Center, the Constitutional Court of Johannesburg. 7 p.m. Intro and Q&A with Jay Craven. (Attendees can get a 20% discount on their entree at The Gleanery with a dinner reservation: 802-387-3052). By donation. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Blues/Soul Music with Seth Ames and Jason Sperling: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. More refreshments in the cafe. Seth Ames brings original blues and soul music from Northern VT. He will be accompanied by local guitarist Jason Sperling. 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 Protest Vigil at TD Bank: TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. What you can do in addition to attending the vigils: If you are a TD depositor, change banks. Founded in 2005, Post Oil Solutions is a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern VT whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bio-region in this era of global warming and climate change to develop sustainable, resilient, collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. 12 noon - 1 p.m. every Friday. Signs provided. TD Bank, 215 Main St. Information:



January 2020