CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, February
WILLIAMSVILLE Rock River Players - "Time Warp": Cabaret brings to mind a dark and intimate night club and an evening full of songs, laughter, scenes, and surprises. Williamsville Hall will be transformed into just such a place with cafe tables and flickering candles. Featuring music and comedy. New this year, the Players welcome Gershon Eigner & Friends, Jim Kyle (Fri. only), Stephanie Ciccarello (Sat. only), Ava Clarke, Tess Leary, with RRP's Rose Watson and Dody Riggs, Ken Tsoulas. Ben Kelly and Miriam Allbee direct. 7:30 p.m. upstairs. Through Saturday, February 8. $10 (includes savory sweets and snacks). Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Reservations: 802-451-6283, email@example.com.
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. Through Saturday, February 8. $15. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: www.hookerdunham.org, www.shootthemoontheater.com (tickets).
BRATTLEBORO Roberta Stradling - Paintings: "I had set aside my paintbrushes in 2004 when I became a school administrator and devoted my self to that work until I retired in 2015, two months before my husband's unexpected death in February of 2015. The works in this show were created as a way to rebuild my spirit, to heal though renewing my connection to the natural world, and to refresh my technical skills after a 12-year hiatus." (Artist Statement). 2/7 Opening, 5 - 8 p.m. River Gallery School: Gallery 34, 34 Main St. Information: 802-257-1577, www.rivergalleryschool.org/index.php/gallery34.
SAXTONS RIVER Melissa Rubin - "Transience": Rubin says: "Transience is the state in which I find myself on a regular basis; whether I'm confronting the ephemeral, fleeting nature of the emotions that fuel my art-making, or the physical and emotional quality of a life of transitions split between two geographical locations: New York City and Cambridgeport, VT." Her work has been featured in ARTnews Magazine, on CBS This Morning, and has been used in performances and movie sets. She is the recipient of Pollock-Krasner and New York Foundation for the Arts grants, as well as a Fulbright teacher fellowship to Japan. She was a 2017 participant at the Master Abstraction Residency at MassMoCA, and was recently awarded the inaugural Binnie Bernstein grant to attend the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, Mass. Visit melissarubinart.com. 2/7, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Artist reception. Handicap accessible. Through Friday, March 20. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Gallery Walk - Downtown Brattleboro & Nearby Exhibit Venues: Artist receptions for new and continuing shows at 30 or more exhibit venues, many with refreshments and a few with live music. Most exhibits continue throughout the month. Printed guides available at participating venues - look for large number signs in merchant/eatery windows. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 1st Fri. of every month. Gallery Walk. Information: Listings and map: www.GalleryWalk.org.
PUTNEY "The Return of Richard III on the 9:24 Train": This comedic French film was selected as Best Narrative Drama. It's actually a comedy/drama. The drama: A dying man decides to hire professional actors to impersonate his loved ones at a final "family" get together. The comedy: The group of actors he has hired turns out to be even more neurotic than him. Part of the 'Framed 2020' independent film series and the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Vermont Tour. (Also see 2/8). $12 ($20 if you also see "Ernie and Joe - Crisis Cops" on 2/8). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO High School A Cappella Warm-up Concert: Local high school a cappella groups perform during Gallery Walk. Proceeds support BMAC's work with children in grades K-6. 7:30 p.m. $5, free for children 18 and under. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.
NEWFANE Family Fun Fridays: 5 - 6 p.m. Coloring and board games; 6 p.m. Family movie showing in Crowell Gallery. Popcorn and snacks provided. Every Friday. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.
NEWFANE Valentine Card Making Workshop followed by a Movie: Stamping enthusiast Cindy Crawford will bring along paper and rubber stamps to assist participants in making two Valentine's Day cards. This activity is part of the library's Family Fun Fridays and will be followed by the movie "Abominable." . 5-6 p.m. Workshop (supported by grants from the VT Community Foundation, United Way of Windham County, Crosby-Gannet Fund). Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRATTLEBORO Studio Rental Open House at Epsilon Spires (during Gallery Walk): Events will take place inside and outside at Epsilon Spires, The Home of Cosmic Frisson (the visceral experience of chills while being moved by art, music, dance, or any means of communication). First, Epsilon Spires will unveil new signage in front of the building at 190 Main, in a gesture of change and revitalization of the former Baptist Church. Plus, Epsilon Spires offers tours of five bright new office spaces and artists studios. Down on the first floor in the Social Engagement Salon, Epsilon Spires offers DJ Sparkles spinning vinyl, along with snacks and beverages. The Sanctuary will also be open to experience the sounds of the Weather Warlock - using sun, wind, rain, and temperature to control an analog synthesizer. Designed by Quintronics in New Orleans, Epsilon Spires' Weather Warlock, dubbed "Station Buttercup," has been transmitting the immersive sounds of weather since September 2019. Look for the receiving apparatus on the front lawn. 2/7, 5-6:30 p.m. Tour of new spaces (joined in the spring by similar spaces on level two, now under construction). The studios are offered for rent by building owner Bob Johnson's Delta Zeta LLC. Guides on site to showcase the rooms/answer questions. Epsilon Spires (First Baptist Church), 190 Main St. Information: Rental info: David McManus, 802-451-0844, email@example.com.
BRATTLEBORO "Love Local" Pop-Up Shopping Event: Starting during February's Gallery Walk, and continuing the following day, the River Garden becomes an open marketplace where folks can sample the sweet and savory specialty foods of local food producers and view the work of local artists and artisans. If you find an item that warms your heart - or your palate - vendors will also have their products for sale. Artisans will be showcasing handmade wares and specialty food to local customers, each of which represents the spirit of the regional community. Some of the local exhibitors: B Barrett Jewelry, Barnes Made, Beautiful Things, EZ Jewelry Frames, Earth and Sky Pottery, Geo-Graphic Gems LLC, Grillo Essentials, Hemp Power Bag, High Goose Farm, Hoppy Valley Farm, MT Create and Paint, Salsa Sisters, Scentsy, Senior Solutions, The Stonehill Farm, Walks With Wolves Creations. 2/7: 4 - 8 p.m., 2/8: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Through Saturday, February 8. Free. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982, www.strollingoftheheifers.com.
WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Sunny Lowdown: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. More refreshments in the cafe. 5 p.m. pizza, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 suggested donation for pizza pie. Donations also appreciated by the musician. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.