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Performing arts

PUTNEY Live Stand-Up Comedy: Featured performers include contest-winning and touring comedians most often seen in the Burlington area such as Tracy Dolan, who has been featured in Boston's Women in Comedy Festival and the New York's She Devil Comedy Festival and has opened for national acts including Gary Gulman, Hari Kondbolu, and SNL alums Tim Meadows and Jim Bruer; Jared Hall, a two-time finalist in Vermont’s Funniest Comedian contest held annually at the Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington, who has opened for Michael Ian Black, Jen Kirkman, and Todd Barry; and Marlon "Big Fish" Fisher, a Moth Story Slam Host and another finalist in the Vermont's Funniest Comedian Contest. Local Brattleboro comedians Marisa Imon and Paul Manza round out the line up, along with Troy, NY, comic import Gwen Lockwood. 7:30-9 p.m. $12; $10 in advance. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information, tickets, and Covid requirements: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

W. BRATTLEBORO Theatre Adventure Thursday Troupe: "Friendship: Invitation to Connect - Fall Fundraiser with Pizazz (In Person/Online): Experimental theater presentation with actors sharing their ideas about Friendship. Show support for this inclusive troupe that keeps on bringing positive, inspiring theater during this pandemic. 7 p.m. Minimum $10. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. Information and tickets (sold online and in advance only):

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Katherine Paterson speaks "Birdie's Bargain": Birdie's father is returning for another tour of duty in Iraq. To save money, Birdie and her family move from Brattleboro to live with her Gran up north. As if she didn't have enough to worry about, the move brings a new school and a puzzling new acquaintance - which gives Birdie both concern and a cause. Readers of all faiths and backgrounds, especially children of military families, will identify with and root for the unforgettable Birdie, given inimitable voice by this master storyteller. 7 p.m. Accessible, masks required. Free. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290,


BRATTLEBORO "Her Socialist Smile" - New documentary chronicling Helen Keller's political activism. : This film explores the radical leftist politics of Helen Keller - an important aspect of her work as an advocate for those who are deaf and blind which has been largely left out of her legacy. Keller rails against the idea of "charity," even as she had to work within that system, advocating through her writing and lectures for a society of social and economic equality where charity wouldn't be necessary. The languages of both the film and the sound work illuminate a distinct departure from conventional forms of communication and offer a glimpse into an inner world that operates independently of culturally scripted notions of process and time. 7 p.m. $18. Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO VT Jazz Center Emerging Artist Festival: Val Jeanty, Berklee Institute of Jazz, Gender Justice (In Person/Livestream): Bringing the prescient voices of young creatives to the forefront of jazz programming. Friday: Student groups in numerous venues around the town of Brattleboro. Saturday: Haitian Turntable Artist Val Jeanty (Val-Inc) leads two ensembles from Berklee in a day-long festival of workshops and masterclasses culminating in an evening performance. 11/12: 8 p.m., 11/13: 10 p.m. (doors open 7:15 p.m.) Limited in-person tickets available. Through Saturday, November 13. Sliding scale. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information, tickets, and Covid requirements: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Pianist Michael Arnowitt: One of the world's major musicians, a few years ago, Arnowitt became completely blind. Program: H.S. Bach - 6 Selections from the 3-Part Sinfonias; Johannes Brahms - Variations on a Theme by Haydn; Gyorgy Ligeti - Open Strings, Rainbow, The sorcerer's apprentice; Alberto Ginastera - Finale from Piano Sonata no. 1, opus 22 (1952). 7:30 p.m. Proof of vaccination or negative Covid test within 72 hours. Masks worn inside. By donation - $20 suggested. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523,,



November 2021