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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO The Baker Street Readers Present "A Christmas Carol": James Gelter and Tony Grobe are joined by Geof Dolman and Nicole Caron as they read an abridgment of Dickens' original novella, directed by Gelter. Those only familiar with popular film and stage adaptations of the story may be surprised and delighted to hear the fantastical images and strange humor Dickens includes in the source text. 7 p.m. Audience members to be masked and provide proof of vaccination. Through Saturday, December 18. $7 (a $2 discount will be given to anyone who donates a non-perishable food item which will be given to Foodworks). Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main Street. Information:

Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS Canal Street Art Gallery's "Art for All" Seasonal Group Show: Take part in celebrating more than 26 contemporary artists in all styles and mediums. Work is appropriately sized and priced for gifts. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The gallery is donating 1% of profits to a fund for maintenance of existing public art in Rockingham. Through Saturday, January 15. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: 802-289-0104,,

BRATTLEBORO "The Call of the Loon" - Brattleboro Artists' Group Show (part of Town-wide Art Stroll): Featuring new work by 7 local artists: Roxcell Bartholomew paints in the rich colors of his native Caribbean Island in acrylic on canvas. His free-form style makes dreamlike associations from his life/Afro-Caribbean culture/legends. Luminous colors and fragmented forms depict a personal, historical, mythic history. Schuyler Gould's light sculptures are magical arrangements of old medicine bottles, rusted cauldrons, found objects from the past. As installation pieces, they read like a miniature city at night. Collin Leech works primarily in encaustic and mixed media, collage, oil. Expressively drawn marks/slashes of ink or watercolor hover beneath luminous layers of encaustic paint, straddling the fence between depiction/abstraction, inspired/informed by the VT landscape and sometimes by the human body. John Loggia works mainly in black ink on paper to depict mysterious/unforgettable scenes from the Anthropocene forest in his 'Evidence' series. Immersive, large drawings employ animated brushstrokes, detail, uncanny atmospheric light to evoke a powerful combo of devastation and delight. Tina Olsen offers b & w drawings inspired by Chinese brush painting that capture gestures/situations at South Pond and the Marlboro Music Festival. Plus large abstract works in watercolor and oils and small watercolor landscapes of VT and ME. Markie Sallick brings us the sea and the sky of ME in color-saturated works on paper. These color bands offer a richness/luminosity that bring to mind Rothko in a way rarely accomplished. The colors sing/speak in these most elemental forms. Lydia Thomson offers large and small drawings in black walnut ink that stunningly capture the majesty and intimacy of nature. 3-6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment for masked and vaccinated art lovers: Through Friday, December 24. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO "The Passion of Joan of Arc" (1928) - Live Musical Score by Cellist Lori Goldston and Violinist Austin Larkin: Spiritual rapture and institutional hypocrisy come to life vividly in one of the most transcendent masterpieces of the silent era. Goldston (famously of Nirvana's MTV Unplugged) performs an original soundtrack drawing from medieval secular, liturgical music, improvisation. Ranked "the most influential film of all time" by the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010, it's most notable for the Renee Jeanne Falconetti's performance, who played Joan of Arc. 8-11 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Heavily censored by the Catholic Church and French government when released, the director's cut was also lost in a 1928 fire. But in 1981, a print of the original edit was discovered in a closet at a mental institution and re-released to the public, allowing Epsilon Spires to screen it in its intended form. $18. Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St. Information:

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Teen Movie Night: "Coraline": For young people in grades 7 to 12. Snacks provided. 8-9:40 p.m. Main Reading Room, 1st fl. Social distancing. Masks required. Hosted by the Teen Advisory Board. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Japanese keyboardist and songwriter Masayuki Hirano (BIGYUKI): Performance begins with a solo set on grand piano by Hirano. He's the musical equivalent of a savant linguist with a talent for all the vernaculars - wild juxtapositions inhabit his performances: heavy beats laced with classical flourishes; techy low-end bleeps expressed through a heart-shaped sieve. He's known for his blends of jazz, soul, hip-hop, electronica to create a sound that's wholly his own. Followed by a trio set with Randy Runyon on guitar and Tim "Smithsoneon" Smith on drums. 7:30 p.m. Mask required as is proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours. $18, $5 virtual. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: Tickets:

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Recovery Families: Join other caregivers for connection and support of your own recovery journey or that of someone you love. Young children welcome. 10 - 11 a.m. on Fridays. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Flea hosts a Winter Market: Featuring handmade gifts from local artists. Friday: 3 - 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Through Saturday, December 18. Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St. Information: 802-451-0844; Click for more info on Web in new window.



December 2021