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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Shoot the Moon Theater - Public Reading of "The Death of Walt Disney" Screenplay: Lucas Hnath's 2013 dark comedy opens with Walt Disney (played by Colin Grube) inviting you into his boardroom to hear him read aloud from the new screenplay he's written about his favorite topic: himself. The fictional memoir that ensues delves behind the public persona and the roots of what has become a vast entertainment empire, revealing Walt's ambitions and how they impacted his relationships with his brother Roy (Elias Burgess), his daughter Diane (Jennifer Moyse) and his son in-law Ron Miller (Harral Hamilton). While Hnath's exploration of how Disney's myth intertwines with American culture appealed to artistic director Josh Moyse, he says what ultimately led him to select the work was the lyrical nature of the script. "The play asks great questions about creativity and what behaviors can be excused because someone is considered a great artist," Moyse says. 7:30 p.m. (Repeats 2/7 and 2/8). Through Saturday, February 1. $15. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information:, (tickets).

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Teen Write Night: Come write with us! We’ll have a few writing prompts and also the space to focus on your own work. Pizza provided. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Teens only. Come to the back door. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

DOVER Make a Blind Date with a Book!: Check out a book with a "secret identity" from our book display, take your blind date home, unwrap it, read it, and bring it back on 2/11 for a Valentine Sweetheart Reception and Book Chat. It could be love at first page! . 2/11: 6:30 p.m., Sweetheart Reception and Book Chat. Through Tuesday, February 11. Free. Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd. Information: 802-348-7488; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS "Road of Bones" with Alex Cormack: Local illustrator Cormack discusses his newest book. 7 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Information: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Conversation Cafe - "Gender Identity: What is Gender?": Some people live as neither male nor female or both. A transgender non-binary care worker living in Brattleboro will lead this discussion and answer questions. 11 a.m. (monthly). Free. Inclusion Center, St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., lower level. Information: 802-387-5285; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "To Live" - Short Films by four Chinese students: Shangyou Li, Xiuyuan Chen, Shixue Shao, and Zirui Liu are students at The Putney School. In 2018, these teens established ET8 Studio at The Putney School out of a shared passion for cinematic art and an ambition to reshape the Western world's image of China. "After coming to the U.S., we found that even in the era of the Internet, the Western and Eastern worlds still hold numerous biased and inaccurate perceptions toward each other. As international students and new generation artists, we feel obliged to address this problem and bridge this gap. Our current mission is to present Chinese culture, values and social issues through the form of film, from which audiences around the globe can appreciate the beauty of China and understand the challenges it faces." ET8 Studio films have won awards, including First Place in the 2019 Vermont Freedom and Unity Film Contest and named Official Selections of the Indie Short Festival and the Wasteland Film Festival. 7 p.m. Film showings. Conversation after the screenings (5 short films - mostly 2-4 min., with a 13-min. documentary), and the filmmakers will have merchandise for sale. $8 suggested donation. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information:


PUTNEY Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem with Anna Patton: This rhythm and harmony quartet performs "Wintersong," a collection of celebratory, poetic, reflective seasonal songs and an ode to light and dark at the turning of the year. Featuring 4-part vocal harmonies, indelible songs, fiddle, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and a homemade percussion kit of cardboard boxes, tin cans, caulk tubes, packing-tape tambourines, bottle-cap rattles, Mongolian jaw harps, and a vinyl suitcase. Over the past 18 years, the they've toured its uplifting, healing performances across North America and released seven CDs on Signature Sounds. 7:30 p.m. $22 ($25 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102,,,

Community building

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Bard Owl: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. More refreshments in the cafe. Verdant on guitar, vocals and stomp box and Landenberger on vocals and percussion offer an eclectic range of tunes from older to original and new. 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.



January 2020