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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO The MET: Live in HD - "Fire Shut Up in My Bones": This is Grammy Award-winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard's adaptation of Charles M. Blow's moving memoir. The first opera by a Black composer presented on the MET stage and featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera's most exciting young artists, stars as Charles, alongside sopranos Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore as Billie. 1 p.m. Masks required and opera patrons will be asked to show proof of vaccination or proof of negative COVID test. $22, $20 Met Club Forever members, $10 students. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: Questions, advance credit card purchases: 802-254-1109 x 3 or

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Opening of New Exhibits: All are welcome to join in the galleries and outside the Museum for a celebration of new exhibits: Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers: "Evolving Traditions"; Natalie Frank: "Painting with Paper"; B. Lynch: "Pull Back the Curtain"; Michael Abrams: "Arcadia Rediscovered"; Vermont Glass Guild: "Inspired by the Past"; William Ransom: "Keep Up/Hold Up"; Delita Martin: "Between Worlds.". 11 a.m. Many of the artists and curators are expected to attend. You can also enjoy outdoor refreshments and view two outdoor exhibits that opened in May. Face coverings required inside the Museum as well as abiding by physical distancing recommendations. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.


W. DOVER Kevin Parry: Parry plays a mixed bag of '60s and '70s blues and rock standards. 6 - 9 p.m. every Saturday. Free. Last Chair Bar & Grill, 267 Rte. 100. Information:, 802-464-1133.

BRATTLEBORO Jay Clayton's 80th Birthday Celebration (In Person and Livestream): Clayton has 21 albums out as a leader/co-leader with world-class musicians from Steve Reich to Fred Hersch. She pioneered Vermont Jazz Center's Summer Workshop Vocal Program with Sheila Jordan. Today she will be joined by the Ray Gallon Trio. "One of the most phenomenal vocalists in creative improvised music." - All Music Guide. "Her musicianship is impeccable." - Downbeat Magazine. In-person: Mask and proof of vaccination required. In person: sliding scale; Livestream: by donation. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Ninja Monkey: loud funky blues and fun rootsy rock: Ninja Monkey has been blending quality musicianship and high-spirited fun in a balancing act of tight and loose for more than a decade. This will be a loud all-ages good-time Southern Vermont rock and roll for dancing (and sometimes swaying) show rather than a listening room event. 6:30 p.m. doors open; Show starts at 7 p.m. and ends when they're done. COVID-19 protocol in effect. Capacity is limited. Snacks by donation. Performance is recorded and filmed. $5 suggested donation at door for band. Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Information:

PUTNEY World Music by Rhythm Nomads featuring Massamba Diop: Rhythm Nomads is a project developed by Massamba Diop, one of the original members of Baaba Maal's Daande Lenol Orchestra and known worldwide as Senegal's treasured talking drum master, and Tony Vacca, founder of the World Rhythms Ensemble and the Senegal-America Project. Featuring Vacca and his one-of-a-kind percussion spectacle; Senegalese griot and talking drum master Diop (whose drumming is heard throughout The Black Panther soundtrack); and Jo Sallins, whose approach to the electric bass has been redefining the instrument for decades. From tradition to innovation, from village to city, from acoustic to electric, from ancient to contemporary, from Africa to America - it's all woven into the experience when these three start to play. 7:30 p.m. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours required for entry. Masks required inside venue. Food and beverage service outdoors so you can comfortably de-mask to eat/drink. $15 in advance, $20 at door. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: Tickets:


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Rec. & Parks: Stick Time at Withington Skating Facility: Open to all ages and abilities. Come skate and shoot some pucks. Mondays: 9:15-10:15 p.m. (Adults Only); Wednesdays: 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Saturdays: 12:15-1:15 p.m. Stick time will be supervised. Helmets and gloves are required and there is a limited equipment available for use. Note: Fees are not included in season passes. Through Sunday, March 6. $3 Brattleboro resident student, $4 non-Bratt resident student; $4 Bratt resident adult, $5 non-Bratt resident adult. Nelson Withington Skating Rink, 61 Guilford St. Credit cards only for online registrations; cash or check only for in-person registrations. Register:; 802-254-5808,

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market: Shop locally for your fresh, local foods and crafts at the Brattleboro Farmers' Market. Safe, in-person shopping and offsite dining. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Through Saturday, October 30. Brattleboro Farmers Market, 570 Western Ave., Rt. 9, near covered bridge. Information:, 802-254-8885.

Kids and families

TURNERS FALLS "The 13 Clocks" by James Thurber (Outdoors): Presented by the Dickens Dramatic Reading Society of the Young Shakespeare Players East, 18 actors, ages 12-18+ make up the six different casts performing dramatic readings. "The 13 Clocks" is a tale of the evil duke who thinks he killed time in whose castle the thirteen clocks are frozen, and the impossible tasks he sets to those who want to marry the princess. Full of whimsy and word play and containing the Golux - the only Golux in the world and not a mere device! . 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Sat. and Sun. (80 min. run time with one intermission). Food and snacks for purchase. Rain or shine - bring a chair. YSP East's mission is to help young people find their voice through immersion into classical theater. No auditions/rejections - all participants receive substantial speaking roles. Productions are cast without limits, opening all roles to all actors. Through Sunday, October 24. Free (donations welcome). Nova Motorcycle and Nice Snack Parlor, 147 Second Street. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.


Somatic Breath Therapy (Virtual): This is a do-it-yourself tool to help you connect to your true self - gain freedom from mental, physical, emotional hardship. Expect: Restoration of emotional harmony; Relief from chronic physical and emotional pain - migraine headaches, asthma, anxiety, depression, addictions, more; Reconnection to natural creativity, relaxation, deep joy and healthier relationships with others and yourself. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kaiilama Morris is a certified Somatic Breath Therapist. $65. Virtual. Pre-registration required: 413-512-0470,

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Red Cross Blood Drive at the Winston Prouty Center: Each pint of blood collected can help save up to three lives and will touch the lives of so many more. What a great way to pay it forward and make an impact on people in our community and across the country. You can participate by donating blood or by volunteering to help support the event (set-up/clean-up, registration, parking, etc.). 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monthly on Saturdays: 11/27, 12/18/2021. Winston Prouty Campus, 209 Austine Dr. To volunteer: To donate blood, enter your zip code at:

BRATTLEBORO Got Abundance from your Garden? : Edible Brattleboro will distribute your surplus at Share the Harvest Stand. 3 - 3:45 p.m. Someone will be there to accept your donation. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. If a different time is needed, arrange an appointment for drop-off with Marilyn:

Connect with your Windham 4 District State Legislators - Westminster, Putney, Dummerston (Online): From Covid to Climate, Racial Justice, Women's Reproductive Freedom - these and other issues will see bills voted on in the coming session. Representatives Bos-Lun and Mrowicki will update constituents and answer questions about goals, challenges and proposed legislation for the upcoming legislative session. Updates about current issues Bos-Lun and Mrowicki have been working on, will also include advocacy around honest, comprehensive teaching of US history. 10 a.m. The State Legislature starts the 2nd of the 2-year biennium which begins in January. Bills that didn't pass last year can still be worked on before scheduled adjournment in May '22. Bring questions, suggestions, comments, concerns important to you and our state. Online. Information: For meeting link, contact:: Bos-Lun at or Mrowicki at


WINCHESTER Dance Party with Live Music by "NH Visitors" Band : Halloween celebration: Costumes welcome, prizes. 7 - 10:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments served. $8 members, $10 non-members. Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: Tom: 978-249-6917, 978-790-9322.



October 2021