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Performing arts

SAXTONS RIVER "Cabaret": The cast of this musical set in 1931 Berlin features Aidan Flower Des Jardins in the role of Sally Bowles, a British songstress performing in the seedy Kit Kat Club against the background of the Nazis' rise to power, and her relationship to American writer Cliff Bradshaw, played by Sean Roberts. While outside the political world is swirling and life for many is feeling more and more repressive, inside the club decadence reigns as The Emcee (played by Gavy Kessler) invites everyone to "Leave your troubles outside. In here, life is beautiful." In addition to its title song, the show's memorable numbers include "Wilkommen," "Money" ("Money, money, money makes the world go round."), "Don't Tell Mama," "If You Could See Her," and "Tomorrow Belongs to Me." David Stern directs, musical direction by Ken Olsson. The Kit Kat Club girls are played by Shoshana Bass, Sally Regentine, Morganna Ekkens, Aspen Moriarity, Meredith Pelton, Eliza Klein, Annesa Hartman, Aminah Pereira. They are joined by male counterparts Ezra Leonard, John Savastinuk, Sam Empey, Chris Olson. 3/13: 7:30 p.m., 3/14: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., 3/15: 7:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 16 and up (explicit content and adult themes). Repeats 3/19-3/21. $10 to $40. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Tickets: 802-869-2960,

PUTNEY Winter Sunshine Series - "I Spy Butterfly" with Faye Dupras: EVENT IS CANCELLED. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-4051; Click for more info on Web in new window.

DUMMERSTON Vermont Theatre Company - "Almost, Maine": EVENT IS CANCELLED. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-254-1138.

BRATTLEBORO The MET: Live in HD - Wagner's "Der Fliegende Hollander": EVENT IS CANCELLED. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Tickets/Schedule: 802-254-1109 x 3,,

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Free Workshop for Writers and Readers - Writing Dramatic Scenes: Writers of fiction or creative nonfiction (e.g., memoir, personal essays, narrative nonfiction) need to be able to create dramatic scenes; they are the building blocks for your story. We'll work on creating and revising scenes that capture the reader's interest and contribute to an outstanding story. Led by writer Barbara Morrison. Sponsored by the Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library. 3 - 5 p.m. . Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Opening of Eight New Exhibits with Reception: EVENT IS CANCELLED. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility: From Page to Screen to Stage: This study group will read and discuss Austen's novel (1811), view the Ang Lee film (1995), sit in on a rehearsal, and attend a matinee performance of the Kate Hamill stage adaptation (2014) at the New England Youth Theatre (NEYT), directed by Hallie Flower. Discussions will be facilitated by Sara Glennon, Prof. of English at Landmark College. A Jane Austen fan for more than 40 years, she can't get enough of reading, studying, and discussing Austen, her work, and her growing fandom. Series continues: 3/21, 1-3 pm: visit rehearsal at NEYT, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro; 4/4, 1-3 p.m: Watch Ang Lee film at Brooks Memorial Library; 4/11, 2 p.m: Attend performance at NEYT ($8 discounted ticket fee). Reading, study questions, supplemental material will be emailed to those who share their email addresses when registering. Signing up in advance at Brooks Library front desk secures your place for our visits to NEYT. 4/11: $8 (limited number of discount tickets are reserved). Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290 (Library), Sara Glennon:

Ideas and education

PUTNEY Alison Wright - "Grit and Grace, Women at Work": EVENT IS CANCELLED. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Blue Note Joel Ross "Good Vibes": Ross performs music from his album "KingMaker." Young jazz masters explore the synergy of the bebop language with the rhythms of today's generation: Joel Ross, vibraphone; Immanuel Wilkens, saxophone; Jeremy Corren, piano; Kanoa Mendelhall, bass; Jeremy Dutton, drums. 8 p.m. $20 ($15 students with I.D.) Contact VJC about educational discounts:. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information:,

BELLOWS FALLS CANCELLED Neptune's Car - Contemporary Folk Duo: 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Tickets:

BELLOWS FALLS Second-Saturday Synthfest Series: This electronic music performance series celebrates synthesizers, circuit-bending, and sound manipulation. Each session hosts up to five acts for individual performances followed by a collective improvisation. Players will be in the center of the room, with the audience in the round. The music is expected to range from cinematic and lush to computeresque and urgent. 7 p.m. Additional date: 4/11. $5 suggested donation at door. Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Information: 802-289-0148; Click for more info on Web in new window.


DUMMERSTON Annual Pruning & Grafting Workshop for Backyard Fruit Growers: Receive instruction from orchardist Zeke Goodband on pruning a variety of old and young fruit trees and on grafting apple trees. This class, covering the care of fruit trees and the proper tools to use, imparts the knowledge, confidence, skills needed to work on your own fruit trees at home. Apple Scions and Silky Pruning Saws will be available for sale. 9 a.m. - 12 noon. (Repeats 3/21). $50 (early registration recommended). Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd. Information: 802-254-6868; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Weekly diverse indoor farmers market. Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. Lunch menu and live music with Inisheer. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Bring shopping bags or buy ours. Music: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the lunch cafe. Through Saturday, March 28. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,,


NEWFANE The Nuts & Bolts of Local Government: This monthly series will help explain who does what in your government. Each workshop will focus on a different aspect of state or local government. Town meeting happened on March 3. This month, we present a debrief of town meeting. 3:30 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

NEWFANE Children's Activity - Craft with Chris: 1 - 2 p.m. (Reading aloud or craft activity every Saturday). Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Peaceful Harvest Mushrooms: Karen and Brian Wiseman, of Peaceful Harvest Mushrooms of Worcester, VT, will demonstrate and sample their mushroom-based products and educate folks about the health benefits of mushrooms and the key role fungi plays in our ecosystem. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Demo Counter. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.


SO. NEWFANE Live Online Herbal Medicine Classes - Advanced Tincture-Making Intensive: This all-day class offers an in-depth look at making great herbal tinctures. We will focus on important concepts such as solubility and energetics to make reliably effective tinctures at home. Principles of formulation will also be discussed. Participants make and take home a tincture. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. $75 via live webinar, $100 in person (includes materials). Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine, 569 Dover Rd. Information: 802-365-0251; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Telling Our Stories: This is a free writing workshop for survivors of sexual abuse and violence. Offered in collaboration with Brooks Memorial Library, The Women's Freedom Center, and The Commons. Facilitated by Deborah Lee Luskin. 1 p.m. Continues 3/21 and 4/4. You are encouraged to attend as many sessions as you can. Each participant will have the opportunity, if you wish, to participate in a public reading at the library on 4/15 at 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information:


NEWFANE Pet Vaccination Clinic: Dr. Miles A. Powers of East Dover will be vaccinating both dogs and cats. Have dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Open to everyone. Sponsored by the NewBrook Fire Dept. $15 for rabies, $25 for a distemper-complex vaccine for dog or cat ($35 for both vaccinations). NewBrook Fire Station, Rte.30. Information: Additional info/other vaccines: 802-348-7918.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO State Delegate Selection Plan Training: Join the Vermont Democratic Party and the Windham County Democratic Committee to learn about the Party's 2020 delegate selection plan. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Community Room. Brattleboro Savings & Loan, 221 Main St. Information: 888-806-6400.


BELLOWS FALLS Discoteca Latin Dance Party: Featuring DJ El Duque mixing up Latin classics and current hits for a night of fun dancing in a nightclub atmosphere. 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. Kitchen closes 9:30 p.m. Bespoke cocktails made in-house all night. Wunderbar, 22 Rockingham St. Information: 802-489-0289; Click for more info on Web in new window.



March 2020