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Performing arts

For the Students at New England Youth Theater: "Romeo & Juliet" on NEYT YouTube Channel (Ongoing): Created in summer 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, Romeo & Juliet began with virtual meetings and discussions before moving to socially distant in-person rehearsal and filming. Telling a story about love and human connection in an environment where the majority of the cast and crew could not have physical contact was a challenge. This film not only captures Shakespeare's greatest love story but, perhaps more importantly, the bravery, creativity, resilience of our young people. While our Senior Company dominated the screen, there were NEYT alumni creating movie magic off-screen. Directors Cayden Leary (mentored by Robin Fawcett) collaborating with Core Faculty Keely Eastley. Directors of Photography/ Editors Aja Selbach-Broad and Kaelan Selbach-Broad. Script Supervisor/Camera Asst. Aiden Meyer. Asst. Sound Recordist Maya Gempler. Costume Dir. Monika Grist-Weiner. Free. YouTube. Information:


Third Row Live's Global Launch with Sweet Honey in The Rock's Performance from The Academy of Music (Livestream): "Celebrating the Holy Days." With five-part harmonies and sign language interpretation, Sweet Honey’s sound ranges from African to blues to gospel and jazz and offers a rare fusion of traditional American holiday spiritual songs and hymns, as well as songs from other cultures and religions ranging from Africa to Israel. The three-time Grammy Award-nominated and internationally renowned group will also perform songs from the group's extensive repertoire, which includes We Are, Let There Be Peace, The Women Gather, and Come Ye. Next Stage Arts has been named one of the inaugural presenters. 3 p.m. $15. Livestream. Information: Tickets:

E.T.E. - A Streaming World at Home Concert: Ete in French means summer - a fitting tribute to how their original, lively take on Quebec traditional music is infused with a new vitality. With lovely vocal harmonies, deep groove, and rich instrumentation, they transform the nostalgia of a kitchen party into an unforgettable show experience that celebrates the joie de vivre of Quebecois culture - offering a show where the voices intertwine through songs of impossible love, where the impressive playing of the violin, the Irish bouzouki, and the cello is breathtaking and where the complicity of the overflowing energy performers touches the soul listeners. Awarded the OPUS prize for "Discovery of the Year 2017-2018," among many other accolades since their first album release in 2017, this trio - Elisabeth (fiddle, step-dancing, vocals), Thierry (bouzouki, podorythmie, vocals), and Elisabeth (cello, vocals) - are winning over the hearts of listeners worldwide, young and old alike. 7:30 p.m. (includes Q&A). E.T.E. was awarded the OPUS prize for "Discovery of the Year 2017-2018," among many other accolades since their first album release in 2017. $8 to $10. Online. Information: Tickets:

VT Jazz Center's Annual Swing Dance Gala (Online and Facebook): Guest Vocalist Samirah Evans and VJC Director Eugene Uman host "A Virtual Swing Dance" with the VJC Big Band. They will be virtually hosting the VJC's 17-piece big band via video selections filmed at last year's gala. The repertoire for this concert includes "Just One of Those Things," "Skylark," "Frim Fram Sauce" and more from the great American Songbook. You will hear top flight solos from regional artists including Bob Stabach, Michael Zsoldos, Haneef Nelson, Draa Hobbs, and VJC Big Band's Music Dir. Rob Freeberg. 8 p.m. This Big Band performance was filmed at the Jazz Center 12/2019 by Michael Hanish. Music is tailored for dancing and includes tempos for dance steps like the Fox Trot, Two Step, Charleston, Cha Cha. Proceeds will support scholarships for those who need it (from the Jazz Center's Scholarship Fund) to attend our educational offerings during the year. Free of charge. Donations gratefully accepted on a sliding scale (suggested $25 to $50 per person). Online. Information:,

Kids and families

WALPOLE Candy and Cookie Sale for the Holidays: 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Social distancing and masks required. First Congregational Church of Walpole, 15 Washington St. Information: 603-756-4075; Click to e-mail for more information.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

WILLIAMSVILLE Outdoor Seconds Sale of T. Breeze Verdant's Inlaid Jewelry: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the porch. Masks required. 54 Dover Road. Information: 802-275-7129.



December 2020